Learn more about property and supplementary assessment, property inspections and residential requests for information.
Property assessment is the process of placing a dollar value on property for taxation purposes.
Provincial Legislation requires that:
- An annual market value assessment be prepared for all properties. The valuation date is July 1 of the year preceding the tax year. The real estate market establishes the market value of your property; we simply measure it.
- The condition of the property be recorded. The condition date is December 31 of the year preceding the tax year. The condition of the property is determined through property inspections and residential requests for information.
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. Review and confirm your property characteristics or compare to other properties by using our assessment mapping tool.
If you have questions about your assessment, enter an assessment inquiry in County Connect and an assessor will contact you.
If you have discussed your assessment details with an assessor and you feel that your assessment is incorrect you may file a written assessment complaint to the Assessment Review Board.
Supplementary assessment is the assessed value of any new construction that has been completed or occupied during the calendar year and was not included in your annual tax notice.
Strathcona County, by bylaw, has authorized the supplementary assessment in accordance with Section 313 of the Municipal Government Act.
Example of a progressive residence (house under construction):
- In December 2021, the Annual Assessment Roll assigns the value of $215,000 to the land and the portion of the house already constructed.
- In June 2022 Annual Taxes of $1,500 are paid, based on a progressive assessment.
- In September 2022 the house is completed. Value assigned: $425,000.
- In December 2022 supplementary taxes of $500 are paid, covering one third of the year, from September to December. (For the full year it would have been $1,500).
- In June 2023 the Annual Taxes will be $3,000.
Strathcona County property assessors complete on-site property inspections on an annual basis. Assessors may knock on your door for several reasons.
- To assess new construction, newly renovated homes, or building permit inquiries
- To re-inspect property that has sold
- To complete re-inspection of a neighbourhood or property type
If residents are not home, the assessor may leave a callback card to set up a mutually agreed upon time for inspection. Re-inspections can be supplemented by self-reporting, aerial imagery and multiple sale listings.
It is recommended that property characteristic data should be continually updated in response to changes brought by new construction, renovation or demolition and that every property be re-inspected once every four to six years. The Municipal Government Act and Regulations outline required data elements and the importance of accurate information.
Residential request for information
The residential request for information is a survey sent to property owners to supplement our annual re-inspection campaign. The survey provides an efficient way for owners to provide property information.
The Assessment and Tax department sends out residential requests for information to select areas throughout the year. There are three options to complete the survey:
- Online at vps.camalot.ca/rfi using your roll number and the survey key number provided on the request for information
- Complete the hard copy and return it in the prepaid envelope
- Call Assessment and Tax at 780-464-8196 and give the information to an assessor