Membership is open to ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. We pride ourselves on timely communications with our members. We strive to keep them informed on what is going on in the Township that effects them directly or indirectly.
A copy of our 2019 Yearbook is available here - 2019 Yearbook
With how fluid COVID-19 is, the Muskoka Ratepayers have established this section on our website where we are posting information as it becomes available. This will be mostly information from around Muskoka.
We are not experts and are not offering advice, we are just sharing information that you might find useful.
Please stay safe during this unsettled time.
The Ratepayers have issued a public letter of thanks to all the service providers who are working so diligently in these times. Click here to view that letter - Letter of Thanks Letter of Thanks
The Township has created a web page specific to COVID-19 which can be found at - Township of Muskoka Lakes - COVID-19 Updates
The Township is also posting frequent notices and media releases on their website at - News Select "News and Notices" at the bottom left of that screen.
Link to information on property taxes - Property Tax
Link to Mayor Harding's video message - Mayor Harding - April 7
Link to the Muskoka Lakes Chamber's message - Chamber Message
Link to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Health Unit
Link to Algonquin Health Care - Algonquin
Link to the Government of Canada website - Canada
Link to the Government of Ontario site - Ontario
Thinking of coming to Muskoka for the Holiday Weekend - see more information here - To Go or Not to Go - That is the Question
The Township of Muskoka Lakes Council passed the final 2020 Operating and Capital budget on May 13, 2020. The Township estimates this will add $4.34 for a residential property assessed at $500,000 for the Township portion of the tax bill. Note that the Township's portion of the property tax bill represents only about 20% of the total taxes due. The District accounts for about 52% and Education the remaining 28%.
A copy of the final Township budget may be accessed here - 2020 Approved Township Budget
The tax rates for Township, District and Education are available here - 2020 Final Tax Rates
The notice from the Township may be found here - 2020 Budget and Waiving of Penalties
It should be noted that the budget for 2020 was considerably later this year as the Township was without a Treasurer until recently.
The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures. This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas. A copy of that summary can be found here - TML By-Law. Enforcement
Consider posting a copy in your cottage.
Committee of the Whole met to deliberate the 2020 budget. Council passes 2020 budget with a levy of 2.14%. Penalties on unpaid property taxes wavied. Condominium agreements carried with Mist Opportunities Inc. & Villas of Lake Muskoka Ltd. Director of Financial Services hired. COVID-19 update from the Commissioner of Health Services at the District of Muskoka. - Read more about Township Watch - May 2020
Township and District meetings held electronically during COVID-19. Township By-Law Officer appointed. Moon River dock will not be available for use again this summer. Beaumaris Bridge in need of repairs. Penalties on late property taxes deferred to May 31st, 2020. Township operational activities and COVID-19. Should boat launches be closed during COVID-19? Will the grass runway at the Muskoka Airport open this year? An update from the District on solid waste management ~ curb side pick up, transfer stations and unstaffed bin sites. Draft 1 of the Township 2020 budget returned to staff for cuts. - Read more about Township Watch - April 2020
As part of the Township’s budgeting process, comments and suggestions on the proposed budget are solicited from the community. You can read our submission here. - Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget
Safe Quiet Lakes launches pilot project for wake and speed on the Indian River and Mirror Lake. Should Community Centre rental fees be waived for community groups? MPAC residential assessments to be mailed May 4th, full assessment refresher attached. New meeting schedule and Council/Committee structure approved. Full report of round-table discussion on the Community Safety and Policing Act. MNRF not willing to say there will be no flooding. Restrictions on sports courts and recreational areas on the waterfront. - Read more about Township Watch - March 2020
Muskoka Ratepayers not in agreement with comments made on bubbler use. Township Treasurer no longer with the Township. Your public garbage bin is being removed by April 2023. Township meeting schedule changed. Council defers acceptance of Strategic Plan draft. Sports courts draft by-law not accepted by Council. Lake plans are good for the Township. Brief General/Finance meeting. Official Plan discussion paper presented to Planning Committee. Recommendations to be made to the District on Mary Jane Lake subdivision. 2019 planning department activity report. 2020 District budget passed. - Read more about Township Watch - February 2020
Swift River Energy Limited provides Council with requested safety information. Pre-budget requests for the purchase of a new street sweeper and grader. Councillors should NOT hit “Reply All” to Township emails. Intriguing presentation of an online primary care wait list for those in Muskoka. Congratulations to Chief Murrell. $131,408,920.67 of building occurred in the Township of Muskoka Lakes according to the 2019 Development Services Department activity report. District budget to increase 2.79%. - Read more about Township Watch - January 2020
The recently released report on flooding in Ontario represents the first step in an effort to understand what caused the flooding and what we can do better to try to mitigate the effects of future flood events. The report is of financial importance to those directly in the path of the flood as well as all taxpayers who will have to pay for any damage to publicly owned infrastructure. This Economic Snapshot gives the reader an opportunity to review the study findings as they apply directly to Muskoka. - Read more about Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020
Muskoka Weather - click on image for more details.
Ratepayers - Board Meeting
Jun 20, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Jul 10, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - General / Finance Committee
Jul 15, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Jul 15, 2020 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ratepayers - AGM 2020
Jul 18, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pm