Councillor Shelley Carroll

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Tell OMBUDSMAN your assessment nightmares.

For all of you direct ratepayers out there, the following message comes under the heading: Dear Ombudsman, Isn't this obvious!

By now, all of you will have received your annual property assessment notice by the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). The Ombudsman of Ontario is currently conducting an investigation into whether MPAC's process for valuing properties in Ontario is fair and transparent. He is soliciting community input on two issues: whether there is a lack of transparency in the property assessment process, and the concern that people are having to request reassessments year after year, which calls into question the integrity of MPAC's valuation process. If you have information that may contribute to this investigation, please contact the Ombudsman's office at 1-866-623-SORT, or If you don't agree with your own property assessment, call MPAC at 1-866-296-6722, see, or call the Councillor's office for more information at 416-392-4038.