|Public Bulletin||Tax Deferrals for Low Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities |
To qualify for the deferral of current year tax increases, citzens must own and reside in a residential St Catharines property and receive either the monthly Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or Ontario Disability Benefits (ODSP). Proof of age, and GIS or ODSP is required. Taxes must be current and must have increased by a minimum of $200 from the previous year. Repayment must be made on transference of title of property, disposition of property, or if applicant ceases to be eligible for deferral of taxes. Call 905-688-5601 ext 1456 or search Assistance Programs at www.stcatharines.ca. Application forms will be available as of Jan 1, 2013. Completed forms are due Feb 28, 2013.
An annual water/wastewater credit is available for low-income seniors who receive the Federal Government Guaranteed Income Supplement and meet other eligibility requirements. Apply for this credit between Oct 1 and Nov 30 annually. If approved, the credit will be posted to your water account in January and reflected on your next regular bill. For more information, search Seniors Water Credit at www.stcatharines.ca or visit City Hall.
|Description||Local government office administering Corporate Support Services, Economic Development and Tourism Services, Financial Management Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Legal Services, Planning Services, Recreation and Community Services, and Transportation and Environmental Services|
CORPORATE SUPPORT SERVICES Human Resources and Information Systems * offers licences to operate a raffle, lottery or business * Commissioner of Oath services
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CUSTOMER SERVICES includes Office of the City Clerk, Economic Development, Enterprise Centre and Tourism * Economic Development focuses on attraction and retention of business * Enterprise Centre provides information, training and on-going counselling to support small business development for entrepreneurs and students * Tourism provides marketing and development services, and identifies resources to promote the tourism industry in St Catharines * issues marriage licences
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES includes Accounting, Billing, Collections, and Property Management * Accounting Division provides financial services to City Council and the City's departments, boards and commissions * Billing is responsible for residential and commercial property tax, water and general assessment inquiries, changes of information, billing and parking garage permits (Garden Park/Carlisle Street and Ontario Street) and parking violations * Collections is responsible for collection of payments, including taxes and water, tax sales and inquiries, arrears payment arrangements, water disconnections, dog licences, parking lot permits (Race Street, Lower Level, Lake Street at Wellington),, pre-authorized payments for taxes and water * Property Management is responsible for management of City-owned property, realty leases, acquisition and disposal of City-owned property
FIRE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES provides direction over Communications, Emergency Management, Prevention, Suppression and Training * Communications is one of the first links for providing emergency service in St Catharines and the Niagara Region's 11 other municipalities * Prevention enforces the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code * all Fire Prevention staff are appointed as building inspectors for the City of St Catharines to inspect for compliance with certain aspects of the Ontario Building Code * Fire Suppression operates from six fire stations throughout the city, to suppress fires and provide other emergency assistance * the Training division provides training for new firefighting recruits as well as continuous training of all existing staff * the Emergency Management Co-ordinator co-ordinates the City's Emergency Plan and the program's four major components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
LEGAL SERVICES provides legal services to City Council, the Chief Administrative Officer and other City officials * prepares all proposed by-laws, agreements and contracts for the Corporation, and represents the City of St Catharines in legal proceedings * receives and processes insurance claims and written noise complaints * it does not represent individual residents
PLANNING SERVICES DEPARTMENT provides direction over Development and Policy * the Policy Division is responsible for the development of long term plans and policies to guide the redevelopment of the City to a more sustainable future * the Development Division is responsible for the processing of all forms of development applications for approval by City Council or the Committee of Adjustment * it comments on potential land sales and land purchases by the municipality from a planning perspective * receives heritage permit applications for designated properties or districts
RECREATION and COMMUNITY SERVICES provides direction over Administration Services, Enterprise Services, Parks and Facilities, and Programs and Cultural Services * administers parks, trails, recreation programs and cemetery services * strives to enrich the quality of life for all residents by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, showcasing the City's cultural heritage, and offering a variety of recreation and arts experiences
TRANSPORTATION and ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES provides direction over Building and Development, Engineering and Construction, Environmental Services, Geomatics and Operations * administers roads, water, sewers, traffic and parking, municipal surveys, building and demolition permits, and pollution abatement * accepts complaints regarding the repair of buildings and makes inspections * provides snow removal for seniors and physically disabled persons