Deep River number 2 in county taxes

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Deep River is no longer number 1 in Renfrew County – and that’s a good thing when it comes to tax rates.

The County of Renfrew has released its annual survey of municipal tax rates among its 17 member municipalities.

The rates are taken from the Ontario Property Tax Analysis (OPTA) website, the same one municipalities across the province use for tax billing and capping calculations.

The tax table shows tax rates among the county’s municipalities but not average tax bills, which vary according to both tax rate and property assessment.

All residential ratepayers in the county paid a baseline tax rate this year of $161 per $100,000 of assessment for education purposes, and a further $363 for the county administration, which includes services like ambulance, long-term care, county roads and social assistance.

When it comes to individual municipalities, however, rates vary widely.

The town of Renfrew topped this year’s list with a tax rate of $975.48 per $100,000 of assessement.

Deep River was close behind in second with a rate of $942.57, while Arnprior was third at $859.95.

Laurentian Hills was fourth overall in the county with a tax rate of $742.02 per $100,000 of assessment, while the townships of Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards were fifth at $667.18.

At the bottom end of the scale, the townships of Head, Clara & Maria had the lowest municipal tax rate in the county at $239.71 per $100,000 of assessment.

Petawawa, with its huge military assessment base, was next at $377.34.

Deep River has historically had one of the highest tax rates in Renfrew County. The last time the town was not number one was in 2013 and 2014, when it also placed second to Renfrew.

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