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City seeks input on Vacancy Tax Rebate and Reduction programs

March 19, 2018 -

 The City of Kingston is seeking input as it reviews its Vacancy Tax Rebate and Reduction programs The Vacant Unit Rebate program offers a property tax rebate for properties that are entirely or partially vacant during the tax year.

"The province has given municipalities the ability to tailor their vacant land rebate programs, so now is a good time for us to take a look at our program to ensure it is fair to taxpayers and encourages vacant units to be filled," says Desiree Kennedy.

The City gets about 180 applications a year for the program and has budgeted $950,000 for the rebate in 2018. The City is considering options for the Vacancy Tax Rebate program, including:

  • Keep the program as is
  • Eliminate the program immediately
  • Phase out the program over a number of years 
  • Modify the rebate program

Similar options are also being considered for the Vacant/Excess Land Property Tax Subclass reductions offered to commercial and industrial property owners.

Residents, businesses and property-owners can complete an online survey on these programs at https://GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca/ until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

Public information sessions 

March 26 and 27 To offer a better understanding of these programs and the options for changing them, public information sessions with a short presentation at the beginning followed by a question and answer session are scheduled for:

  • Monday, March 26 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.
  • Tuesday, March 27 – 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

For more information on municipal taxes and property-tax rebate programs, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/taxes .

About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.