Taxes & Assessments

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

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, Assessor –
Ph: 780 624-0013

Fillable – Assessment Review Board Complaint form