The Treasury Department is responsible for the financial integrity of the municipality. It is carries out several financial activities such as preparation of operating and capital budgets for approval by Council, managing the Town’s taxation, public utilities, accounts payable and accounts receivables systems, payroll and purchasing.
Budget and Financial Reports (click to view):
Property Tax Due Dates
The first billing of your taxes will be mailed at the beginning of January and is payable in two installments – on the last working day in February and the last working day in April.
The final billing for your yearly taxes will be mailed at the beginning of July and is payable in two instalments – on the last working day in August and the last working day in September.
Public Utility Due Dates
Public utilities are billed at the beginning of each quarter and are due on the last working day of the quarter.
Methods of Payment
Cheques are payable to the Town of Spanish. Post-dated cheques are accepted. Be certain to send your bill along with your cheque if you require a receipt. A fee will be charged for duplicate receipts.
Paying in Person: The municipal office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays). Please bring your entire tax bill with you. Payments by debit card are accepted; however a 50¢ fee applies. Credit card payments are not accepted.
After hours, payments may be dropped in the library book deposit located at the front entrance of the municipal office.
Internet payments and payments at most financial institutions are now available, including The Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, including President’s Choice Financial, Desjardins, Central 1 Credit Unions and BMO Bank of Montreal. Unfortunately due to additional service charges we are not able to accept payments through Toronto-Dominion or the RBC.
Penalty and Interest Charges
To avoid penalty/interest, your property tax payment must be received by our office on or before the due date. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing if you are paying at a financial institution or on-line. Penalty and interest charges for late payments are set by Municipal By-Law in accordance with the Municipal Act. Taxes in arrears will be subject to monthly interest charges until paid. Penalties and interest must be paid in full before there can be a reduction in the amount of taxes outstanding. Staff has no authority to waive penalties or interest for taxes.
Change of Ownership or Address Information
If the property has changed ownership, please forward the tax bill to your lawyer to pass along to the new owner or return it to the Municipal Office. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise the Municipal Office in writing of mailing address changes.
Failure to redirect tax bills could still result in penalty and interest charges applied to accounts.