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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Local and Composite Assessment Review Board?

A Local Assessment Review Board hears matters relating to residential properties with up to three dwelling units and farmland.

A Composite Assessment Review Board hears matters relating to residential properties with four or more dwelling units and non-residential property.

Can I withdraw my complaint before the hearing?

Yes.  A withdrawal form is available on this website under Forms or from the Clerk’s office.  The withdrawal notice must be received in writing (mail, email or fax are acceptable).  If you are withdrawing because you and the assessor have reached an agreement, the withdrawal notice must be signed by yourself and the assessor prior to your hearing date.  

Should I still pay my taxes?

Yes.  Taxes should be paid prior to the due date to avoid any late penalties set in accordance with municipal bylaws. 

If the Assessment Review Board rules in my favor how do I get my money back?

You are to contact the Assessment and Taxation department to make any arrangements regarding refunds of taxes.

What if I don’t like the decision of the Board?

You can appeal to the Court of Queen's Bench on a question of law or jurisdiction with respect to a decision of the Assessment Review Boards. You must file an application for leave to appeal within 30 days after being notified of the Assessment Review Board’s decision.  Notice of leave to appeal must be given to the Assessment Review Board that heard your complaint and to any other person the judge directs.

You can contact the Court of Queen’s Bench at:

Court House
9700 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB  T9H 4W3
Phone: 780-743-7136
Fax: 780-743-7135

Do I have to be present at the hearing?

No, attendance is not mandatory, but it is recommended, as you will be able to answer questions and give clarity to your case if you are present.  If you are unable to attend, the Board will make its decision based on the written information you have provided.

When should I expect to receive the Board’s Decision?

As bound by legislation, the Board is responsible to have its written decision to you within 30 days from the last day of the hearing.

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