Due Dates and Penalties
The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich mails property tax bills twice a year. You receive one tax bill each time in the mail that contains two payment stubs:
The interim bill is mailed mid-February with two instalments due for those who pay by the instalment due dates:
- Instalment one is due by the last working day in February
- Instalment two is due by the last working day in May
If you pay your taxes through your mortgage, you will not be sent an interim bill.
The final bill/notice is mailed mid-August with two instalment due dates:
- Final bill instalment one is due by the last working day in August
- Final bill/notice two is due by the last working day in November
Penalties & Interest Charges
When paying by mail, through a bank or in person, you assume the responsibility if your payment arrives late. The post-mark date or bank stamp will be honoured in the event of payments received in our office after the due date. Penalties are charged for payments received after the due date.
The current penalty charge is 1.25% per month or 15% per year. Penalties are charged on unpaid taxes on the first day of default.
The current interest charge is 1.25% per month or 15% per year. Interest for each month or fraction thereof is added on the first day of each calendar month to all taxes past due, until the taxes are paid.
Payment Application Rules
Payments received on properties that are in arrears have their payment applied first to the oldest years’ penalties and interest, then to the oldest years’ principle taxes, then to the oldest years’ other charges (i.e. other charges that were added to taxes such as water arrears or property stands charges).