Meen, The Honourable Arthur
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The Ontario government's program for reassessing all the properties in the province at market value. The importance of property assessment as a factor in the economic and social life of Ontario, and the general lack of awareness of that importance by the general public. Details and statistics of the property tax. A history of the development of property tax. Results of a survey of the Assessment Branch of the Ministry of Revenue conducted to determine certain facts concerning the condition of the assessment roll in each municipality in Ontario. The recommendation to reassess at market value and what happened next to implement the recommendation. The advantages of market value assessment for the municipality, the province, and the taxpayer. Dealing with the contentious issues. Destructive criticism encountered. The need for the confidence and support of the majority of taxpayers. The challenge to create the fairest, most suitable and most acceptable tax system.