Taxes & Assessments

Bylaw 01-2017 Tax Levy

Notice is hereby given that the assessment and tax notices for the 2017 taxation year will be mailed May 29th ,2017 and will be payable on or before September 15th, 2017. All assessments and tax notices are deemed to have been received seven (7) days after mailing within Alberta and fourteen (14) days outside of the province.

Anyone wishing to object to the assessment value on any property in their name must, within 60 days of receiving this notice, lodge their complaint using only the prescribed “ Assessment Review Board  Complaint Form.pdf “#LGS1402 (2009/08)” to the Assessment Review Board Clerk care of Louise Gostick, Assistant Administrator of the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133, Box 389, 4202 – 50th St. Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0

The complaint must be accompanied by a $50.00 fee for Residential – 3 or fewer dwellings and Farmland; $650 fee for Residential- 4 or more dwellings and Non-residential, which will be refunded to the complainant if the complaint is successful. A copy of “Filing a Property Assessment Complaint and Preparing for Your Hearing” booklet as well as a “Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta” can be obtained at the Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133 office.

Complaints must be submitted in writing on or before July 28, 2017.

Assessment Inquiries, questions or concerns may be made to the Property Assessor at the Northern Sunrise County in Peace River by phoning

780-624-0013 during regular work hours.

An interview with the Property Assessor may save the cost of the complaint fee.

Mike Gagnon, Property Assessor – mgagnon@northernsunrise.net
Ph: 780 624-0013

Under the Municipal Government Act municipalities are responsible for collecting taxes for municipal and educational purposes. Property taxes are levied based on the value of the property as determined from the property assessment process. Property taxes are not a fee for service, but a way of distributing the cost for local government services and programs fairly throughout a municipality.

The property tax system is comprised of two distinct processes—preparing the assessments, and setting the tax rate. The assessor’s job is to prepare assessments. The municipal council is responsible for completing the second process, setting the tax rate. In addition to setting the tax rate, the municipal council is responsible for calculating the taxes payable, and collecting the taxes.

What is Property Assessment?

Property assessment is the process of assigning a dollar value to a property for taxation purposes. In Alberta property is taxed based on the ad valorem principle. Ad valorem means “according to value.” This means that the amount of tax paid is based on the value of the property.

For a complete guide to taxation and Assessments in Alberta visit municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/1538#Property_assessment_valuation_standards_in_Alberta