Property Assessment Notices for the 2017 tax year will have been mailed as of March 1 to all property owners in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Your assessment notice indicates your property’s market value — the amount it may have sold for on the open market as of July 1 of the year prior to the tax year — and your property’s physical condition as of Dec. 31 of the year prior to the tax year. The market value is then used to calculate the amount of taxes you pay through the application of the appropriate Mill Rate as determined by Council.
All properties are assessed using similar factors that real estate agents and appraisers use when pricing a home for sale such as location, size and quality of construction.
If you have any concerns regarding information on your Property Assessment Notice, please read our answers to frequently asked questions about property assessment.
Here are some answers to questions about the Property Assessment Notice:
Why do I receive a Property Assessment Notice before my property tax bill?
The information contained in your latest Property Assessment Notice will be used to calculate your 2017 tax bill.
Property Assessment Notices were mailed out on Wednesday, March 1 to allow property owners time to review the assessed value and to address any concerns with the Assessment Office. Since you are not able to dispute your Property Tax Bill, it is important to carefully review your Property Assessment Notice before the customer review end date of May 1.
As a Taxpayer, you are entitled to see or receive sufficient information about your property under Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act and/or a summary of comparable assessments in the municipality (Sec. 300) to satisfy that your property has been fairly and accurately assessed. Alberta Government Regulation 220/2004, Matters Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulations, lays out further guidelines as to the method and timelines for receiving assessment records or summaries.
What if I have a concern or believe there is an error on my Property Assessment Notice?
Please contact the Assessment Office at 780-743-7900 or 1-800-973-9663 and arrange to speak with an assessor if you have concerns about your Property Assessment Notice.
If your discussion with an assessor doesn't resolve your concerns, you may submit a formal written complaint to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board before the appeal cutoff date of May 1.
How do I file a complaint?
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your discussion with an assessor, you may submit a complaint to the Assessment Review Board. A complaint can only be made about the assessment related issues as outlined in Section 460(5) of the Municipal Government Act. Provincial legislation and Municipal bylaws outline how complaints must be made:
- Your fully completed complaint must be submitted via the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form.
- You must be the assessed owner. An Agent may file a complaint on your behalf if you, the assessed owner, complete an Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form and include it with the complaint.
- Your complaint must explain why you think the information or assessed value shown on your Assessment Notice is incorrect.
- You must include the correct information. If you disagree with the assessed value, you must include what you believe is the assessed value.
- Your complaint must include the filing fee in the amount that is indicated on your Assessment Notice. Written complaints and filing fees may be dropped off with the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board by 4:30 p.m. on May 1.
Please note: In 2009, changes were made to provincial legislation pertaining to the filing of appeals.
For more information, contact the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board at 780-743-7001 or toll-free at 1-800-973-9663.
When will I get my property tax bill?
Council will approve the 2017 Property Tax Rate Bylaw in May.
Property Taxes are determined by applying the appropriate Tax Rate to the assessed value on your Property Assessment Notice:
Your 2017 Tax Notice — including the amount of tax billed by the Municipality, Alberta Education, and two senior citizen lodges Rotary House and Ayabaskaw Home — will be mailed in late May. The billed amount will be due June 30.
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