FAQ: Property Assessment Notices
The Municipality of Wood Buffalo will be mailing Assessment Notices on Feb. 29, 2016.
Why do I receive a Property Assessment Notice before my property tax bill?
Your property's assessed value is used to calculate your Property Tax Bill following the Regional Council setting property tax rates. Property Assessment Notices were mailed out on Feb. 29, 2016, to allow property owners time to review the assessed value and to 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 April 28, 2016.
Assessment Records & Summaries
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?
If you still have concerns about your 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 your discussion with an assessor doesn't resolve your concerns, you may submit a formal written complaint to the Clerk of the Regional Assessment Review Board before the appeal cutoff date, which appears on your Assessment notice.
How do I file a complaint?
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 Authorization to Act as Agent 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. April 28, 2016
Please Note: In 2009, changes were made to provincial legislation pertaining to the filing of appeals.
When will I get my Property Tax Bill?
Council approved the 2016 Property Tax Rate Bylaw on July 5, 2016. Property tax bills will be mailed to residents at the end of July. Property taxes will be due on Aug. 31, 2016.