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Taxation

town logoTOWN OF BASHAW PROPERTY TAX NOTICE 2016

Town of Bashaw, under part 10 Taxation – Division 1 – General Provisions of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26 and by this publication, certifies that the Assessments/Tax Notices for the Municipality have been sent out June 1, 2016.

ALL ASSESSED PERSONS ARE DEEMED TO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR ASSESSMENTS/TAX NOTICES AS A RESULT OF THIS PUBLICATION. 

Theresa Fuller, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Bashaw, Box 510, 5011 – 52 Avenue, Bashaw, AB  T0B 0H0

 

MUNICIPAL TAXES

Your municipal taxes pay for services such as police, fire, ambulance, road maintenance, water and sewer and the maintenance of the lines, garbage and recycling services, parks and recreational facilities, social services, planning services, municipal administration and council costs.  A Tax Certificate can be obtained for $30.00.

ALBERTA EDUCATION PROPERTY TAX

The Town of Bashaw is responsible for collecting provincial education tax from town property owners on behalf of the provincial government. Alberta Learning relies on property taxes to support education throughout the province.

While the Town of Bashaw is required by legislation to collect school taxes and lodge authority taxes, the municipality has no jurisdiction over setting the tax rates.

2016 Combined Assessment & Property Tax Notice – Facts and Information

Assessments
The Town of Bashaw delegates an Assessor annually to prepare assessments. The Assessor ensures that the assessment complies with the Standard of Assessment Regulation set out in the Municipal Government Act. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of the property.

An Assessment Roll is prepared annually and is available for inspection both here and at the Town of Bashaw Municipal Office. – 2016-tax-assessment

WHAT IS AN ASSESSMENT?
The property taxes citizens pay is calculated in proportion to the value of the real estate property they own. Determining the value of a property for taxation purposes is known as assessment.

Assessment is a tool to equitably distribute the tax burden throughout a municipality. The value of the assessment affects the tax amount that will be charged to the owner of the property.

WHAT IS MARKET VALUE?
Market Value is, as of a given date, the most probable sale price of a property in a competitive and open market.

Economic conditions within the local real estate market influence the selling price of property. To ensure fairness, all assessments are based on the market value of the property as of July 1 of the previous year, and on the physical condition of the property as of December 31 of the previous year.

HOW IS THE ASSESSMENT DETERMINED?
Professional assessors evaluate properties based on a number of variables including age, lot and building size, building features and finishes, construction quality and property location. Assessors consider many of the same factors that a real estate professional would use when determining the value of a property.

Assessed values are established from property sales, as well as development & construction costs.

To ensure proper valuation practices are followed, every year, provincial auditors review assessments prepared by the Town of Bashaw.

The property taxes citizens pay is calculated in proportion to the value of the real estate property they own. Assessed values are a means of fairly distributing the tax burden and ensuring that each property owner pays a fair level of tax in relation to their neighbour.

  • the taxation year runs from January to December each year
  • the annual Tax/Assessment notice is mailed at the end of May and due at the end of July
  • if you choose to appeal your assessment, you must complete the Assessment Review Board Complaint form and deliver to the Town of Bashaw with applicable fees within the appeal period

YOUR ASSESSMENT NOTICE
Property taxes are based on the assessed value of property. The assessment notice will show the following information:
• Civic and legal address: the location of the assessed property
• Assessment Class: residential, non-residential, machinery & equipment, vacant land, farmland
• Name & mailing address: of the assessed person(s)
• Assessed value: the value of your property for tax purposes
• Date sent
• Assessment Appeal due date – 60 days from date of mailing notices

ASSESSMENT APPEALS
The Government of Alberta has introduced a single system of assessment complaints for the entire province starting in 2010. This means the 2010 complaint process has changed as a result of amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26

There is now a 60 day time period between the mailing of your tax/assessment notice and the date complaints are due. Use this time to speak to your assessor. Assessors are able to make changes to your assessment before you file a complaint.

Even if you choose to appeal your assessment, you must still pay your taxes before the deadline to avoid being charged late payment penalties. If the Assessment Review Board alters your assessment, the Town will adjust your tax account.

An assessment appeal is not an appeal for lower taxes. Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act states that an appeal may only be against any of the information contained on the assessment notice. The board is prohibited by statute from hearing appeals against taxation.

You are entitled to appeal your assessment and explain why you think the information shown on your assessment is incorrect, unfair or inequitable. If you wish to appeal your assessment please fill out the following form on line, print form and ensure that it, along with the applicable appeal fees are received by the Assistant Clerk of the Assessment Review Board of the Town of Bashaw within the 60 day appeal period. If you choose to hire an agent to represent you in your appeal, an Assessment Complaint Agent Authorization form must also be completed and submitted with your Complaint form

Assessment Review Board Complaint

Assessment Appeal Fees
Category of Complaint Complaint Fee
Residential 3 or fewer dwellings and farmland $50.00
Residential 4 or more dwellings $650.00
Non-residential $650.00
Business Tax $50.00
Tax Notices (other than business tax) $30.00
Linear property-power generation $650.00 per facility
Linear Property – Other $650.00 per LPAUID
Equalized assessment $650.00

ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD
The purpose of the assessment review board is to ensure that there has been a correct, fair and equitable assessment.

Property Assessment Notice Information – Information Sheet

Did you Know that you can pay your Taxes Monthly?
The Town of Bashaw offers all taxpayers the opportunity to make monthly payments for taxes if their tax account is paid up to date rather than making a single annual payment. Please contact the Town Office if you are unsure of your monthly payment amount or to clear up any tax arrears. To sign up for the Monthly Tax Incentive Payment Plan (TIPP) please Fill out the ONLINE PDF FILLABLE FORM or download a PDF Version and mail it or drop it off at the Town office. Download the MONTHLY TAX PAYMENT FORM.   Your taxes must be current in order to sign up.

The Town also offers a Tax Incentive Plan whereby residents can prepay their yearly taxes during the month of January based on prior years tax levy and receive a 1.5% tax incentive applied to their account.
eg. Prior years taxes = $1,200.00
Resident Pays $1,200.00 in the current year during the month of January
Town applies 1.5% of dollar value paid ($18.00) to tax account for pre-paying early
Total Tax Account Balance is now $1,218.00

  • Important Reminders
    •Your property tax bill covers the period from January 1 to December 31
    •Assessment appeals must be submitted no later than July 31
    •Even if you choose to appeal your assessment, you are still required to pay your taxes before the deadline to avoid being charged late payment penalties. If the Assessment Review Board alters your assessment, the Town will adjust your tax account
    • Property taxes are due July 31
    •A 12% penalty is added to any unpaid balance on current years levy on August 1 and an additional 12% penalty on the total balance owing on January 1
    •All charges on a tax account become the responsibility of the registered owner of the property.
    •Tax bills are mailed to the address recorded at the Land Titles Office and it is the owner’s responsibility to keep the Land Titles record accurate. Under the Municipal Government Act, once the notices have been mailed, the bill is considered to have been received within seven days.
    •Non-receipt of your property tax notice does not exempt you from penalty due to late payment
    •If you do not receive your tax notice by June 10, please contact the Town Office at (780) 372-3911 or email admin@townofbashaw.com
    •If you are a participant of the Monthly Tax Incentive Payment Plan (TIPP), you are not required to have taxes paid in full by July 31 unless you so choose to pay in full
    •Payment for taxes may be made by cash, cheque, debit card, bank draft, pre-authorized payment or electronic funds transfer (credit cards are not accepted).  Please ensure your payment is postmarked (if mailed) or received at the Town Office (if paying in person or via bank transfer) on or before the due date listed on the front of your Notice (note that bank transfers often take a few days before the funds reach the Town’s bank account).  Payments not received at the Town Office or post marked by the due date will be subject to a late payment penalty.  Don’t leave your payment to the last minute!  A post-dated cheque to the tax due date is also acceptable.  If you are mailing your payment, please allow ample time for your payment to be postmarked by Canada Post on or before the due date
    •If you are submitting payment by telephone or internet banking, please ensure to use your six digit “Roll Number” located in the top right hand corner of your tax bill when making payment
    •If you are unable to make it into the Town Office during business hours, there is a Drop Box located on the front steps of the office for your convenience