Assessment and Tax - FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions for 2016 tax year:
- What is my property assessment based on?
- How do I know my property assessment is a reasonable market value estimate and how does it compare to other similar properties?
- If I don’t agree with my property assessment, what can I do?
- Council approved a 0.69 per cent municipal tax increase for the 2016 County budget. Does this mean my municipal taxes will go up by exactly this amount?
- Why do property taxes change year over year?
- How much of my total tax bill is used for Municipal Services?
- What services do I receive for my municipal taxes?
- What payment options do I have?
- Is there a penalty for not paying my taxes on time?
- Are there any property tax programs for seniors?
- Where can I find out more information?
A. The assessment and taxation process is governed by provincial legislation; your 2016 property assessment is based on a July 1, 2015 market value estimate, as measured by the real estate marketplace (i.e. property sales).
A.Your property characteristics are measured against other properties that have sold, to calculate a market value. Characteristics such as location, age, size and others are all considered. You can confirm your property characteristics or compare to other properties, by using our Property Assessment Mapping tool. Alternatively, enter a request in County Connect and an Assessor will answer your questions.
A. If, after having discussed your assessment with an assessor, you are still of the opinion that your assessment is incorrect, you may file a written complaint to the Assessment Review Board. Step by step instructions will be available on the back of your Assessment and Tax Notice (mailed in May).
A. The County will collect 0.69 per cent more municipal taxes (in total) from the taxable assessment base.
Average tax increases
This chart illustrates per cent tax increases required to meet the 2016 budget and requisition requirements, based on a sample
residential property assessed at $446,000. The County municipal tax dollar increase is 0.69 per cent. When the other three tax rates – library, housing and provincial education — are factored in, the total 2016 tax increase is approximately 1.5 per cent.
|2016 Budget and Requisition||2016 Property Taxes|
|2015 Property Taxes|
|Property Tax Change (approx.)||Per cent Increase|
(for each / rounded)
|Strathcona County Library||$67||$67||$0||0%|
|Heartland Housing Foundation||$38||$37||$1||3.7%|
You may also experience a tax increase or decrease, dependent on how your property assessment (market value estimate) has changed relative to the average (Tax Redistribution Effect). The average residential market value increase is 1.5% (July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015), but if your specific property assessment (market value) has increased more than 1.5% you will have a corresponding higher total tax increase.
A. Taxes may change due to one or a combination of these factors:
- a change in the Strathcona County annual budget or requisition requirements for municipal operations, Strathcona County Library, Heartland Housing Foundation or provincial education.
- a particular property assessment (market value) changed more or less than the average.
A. Of every residential property tax dollar:
- 62 per cent pays for municipal services
- 35 per cent is collected on behalf of the Government of Alberta for education
- 3 percent supports the Strathcona County Library and Heartland Housing Foundation
A. A sample single family residential property assessed at $446,000 will pay approximately $159 per month in 2016 property taxes for Strathcona County municipal services including:
|fire, ambulance, police||$ 45/month|
|recreation, parks, culture||$ 30/month|
|planning services||$ 7/month|
|agricultural services||$ 3/month|
|community social programs||$ 4/month|
|economic development, tourism ||$ 2/month|
|Strathcona County municipal services||$ 159/month|
Also, as part of residential property taxes for this sample property,
|Strathcona County Library||$ 5/month|
|Heartland Housing Foundation||$ 3/month|
|Provincial education (kindergarten to Grade 12)||$ 90/month|
|Total residential property tax||$ 257/month|
- Online, through telephone banking or in person at a financial institution
- Online through Plastiq
- By mail (post dated cheques are accepted)
- Drop-off payment in the envelope deposit box (south side of County Hall)
- Cash, cheque or debit at Assessment and Tax
- Cheque only at Heartland Hall Contact Office or South Contact Office
Payment options are available on the back of your Assessment and Tax Notice (mailed in May).
Strathcona County offers a convenient payment plan that enables you to pay your property tax in 12 monthly payments (January - December), instead of one annual payment. There are no fees or charges for the monthly payment plan.
A. Yes. Property taxes are due on June 30, 2016
(Your tax bill covers the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016)
Taxes for the current calendar year that remain unpaid are subject to the following penalties:
July 1 @ 3 per cent
August 1 @ 6 per cent
September 1 @ 9 percent
Seniors Tax Deferral Program (Provincially funded)
The Seniors Tax Deferral Program will allow eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.
Contact 780-644-9992, or Government of Alberta Seniors website for information
Strathcona Senior's Property Tax Rebate (County funded)
A flat $100 rebate, available to low-income seniors' households. You must be:
- 65 years of age or older
- meet the Alberta Seniors Benefit program annual income guidelines
- live in your own home in Strathcona County
Please apply in person at Family and Community Services at 200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park. You will be required to complete an application form and provide income confirmation (bring your Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency).
For further information contact Family & Community Services at 780-464-4044
Property Assessment Inquiries
Municipal Property Tax Inquiries
Education Property Tax Inquiries
Phone: 780-422-7125 (Government of Alberta)