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Assessment FAQ

When is my Assessment Notice and Tax Notice mailed to me?

A combined Assessment and Tax Notices are mailed at the end of May each year. If you have not received your tax bill by mid-June, please phone the Assessment and Taxation Services department at 403-887-2141 or email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Please retain your Property Assessment Tax Notice for Income Tax purposes.

If I do not agree with my Assessment and Tax Notice what do I do?

You have the right to submit a Government of Alberta Assessment Review Board Complaint form to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board with the Assessment and Taxation Services department. This form can be picked up at the main office.

Please call to discuss the information on your assessment, as the Assessment and Taxation Services Department will contact the assessor and have them contact you in regards to the disagreement. To contact the Assessment and Taxation Services Department, call the main Town office at 403-887-2141 or email 
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If after talking to the Assessor, you still disagree, come down to the main Town office and the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board with the Assessment and Taxation Services Department, will help complete the required form. 


Accompanying a complaint form, as per Section 481 of the Municipal Government Act, there must be a $50.00 fee payable to the Town of Sylvan Lake for Residential (3 units or less) and Farmland properties, or $650.00 for Non Residential and Residential (4 units or more) properties.

If the Assessment Review Board makes a decision in favour of the complainant, the fee is refunded.

It is important to remember that an assessment appeal is not an appeal for lower taxes; it is an appeal against the information contained on the assessment notice. As well, an appeal against your assessed property value does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties.

Filing a property assessment complaint & preparing for your hearing

Alberta Government Assessment Review Board Complaint Form
 

What is Supplementary Assessment?

The Supplementary assessment is the new total assessment less the previous assessment.

Why does the Town of Sylvan Lake have Supplementary Assessment and tax?                      

As per Section 313 (1) of the Municipal Government Act, Town Council has passed a Supplementary Tax Bylaw, which authorizes supplementary assessments to be prepared.

Supplementary assessment and tax provides for equity among property owners. When new homes and buildings are completed or occupied, the owners receive municipal services. Supplementary tax contributes toward the cost of providing these services.

How does Supplementary Assessment and tax work?

When the increase value of the new homes, buildings and major additions has been determined, an additional supplementary assessment and tax notice will be sent for the additional taxes for the year. Supplementary tax are determined by multiplying the supplementary assessment ( increase in value) by the tax rate and prorating this amount based on the number months the building has been completed or occupied in the year.

When is the supplementary assessment and tax notice mailed out?

Supplementary Assessment and Tax Notices will be sent out in late November. Supplementary taxes are levied only in the year the newly constructed building is completed or occupied. Property owners will be required to pay the supplementary tax in full within 60 days of mailing. If not paid within the 60 days a 7% penalty will be applied.

If I am on the monthly payment plan and I receive a Supplementary Tax Notice. Is this new tax amount included in the monthly payment amount?

No, Your original amount is based on the current annual tax levy. If you would like to have this amount included, you need to contact the assessment and taxation services department to discuss this, allowing time to include the Supplementary amount.



 

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