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City Taxation & Assessment

The 2015 Tax Notices were mailed out to all properties on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Taxes are due on or before June 30, 2016. 

Budget 2016 called for a 3.5% tax increase over 2015, which included a 1.0% increase in municipal operational spending and the dedicated 2.5% infrastructure surcharge. Due to higher than expected growth in the City of Wetaskiwin over this past year, however,  the average residential property owner will instead see no tax increase over 2015 on the municipal portion of their tax bill. Non-residential properties will see an 2.54% tax decrease (on average). 



HOW ARE TAXES CALCULATED?

Property taxes are calculated by using the following formula: Assessment x Tax Rate = Tax Levy.
If there are any local improvement charges on your property then they are added to the tax levy which results in the total levy. Please note any local improvement charges against your property will be identified on your tax notice.

To better understand how tax rates are calculated and the distribution of percentages please click here: Where Do My Taxes Go.

Current Tax Rates
On April 25, 2016 City Council passed Bylaw 1868-17, which set the property tax rates for 2016. There are two tax rate classes in Wetaskiwin - residential and non-residential. Both tax rate classes are comprised of three portions: municipal, education, and Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority. The City is the collecting body for the education and Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority requisitions and has no control over those levies.

The 2016 tax rates are as follows:

Residential (63.1% of assessment)
  2016 Mills 2015 Mills Revenue
Increase or (Decrease)
Municipal
9.1890
9.1890

0.00%
School

2.4374

2.5450
(4.23)%

Wetaskiwin Lodge


0.1991

0.2108

(5.55)%

Total 


11.8255



11.9447



(1.00)% 


Non-Residential (36.9% of assessment) 
  2016 Mills
2015 Mills
Revenue
Increase or (Decrease)


Municipal


20.3946

20.9261

(2.54)%


School

3.3744
3.5141 (3.97)%

Wetaskiwin Lodge

0.1991
0.2108
(5.55)%

Total
  

23.9681
24.6510

(2.77)%

Local Improvements
A local improvement charge may appear as an additional levy on your property tax notice. A local improvement is a project that City Council approves as more of a benefit to one area of the municipality than to the City as a whole.

Some examples of local improvements are concrete curb and gutter installation or lane and street paving. Changes are generally based on frontages, area, or a combination of the two. Local improvements are a charge against the property, not the owner, and are registered on the tax roll. If the land or home is subsequently sold to another buyer, the local improvement charge remains. Local improvements can be paid out at any time during the amortization period, but there may be an applicable penalty.

For more information, please contact the Assessment Department at 780-361-4400.

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan
The City of Wetaskiwin offers a monthly payment plan for paying your property taxes. This plan allows property owners to pay their property taxes directly to the City in monthly installments from January to December. Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on either the first or the 15th of each month.

If you are on the pre-authorized payment plan, you will receive a tax notice in May as in previous years, but you do not need to pay the total tax bill. There is an area named "New Monthly Payment Amount" on the tax notice, which will contain the payment amount that will take effect for your July tax payment.

The calculation for your new monthly payment amount is as follows:
Total Tax Levy - January to June Monthly Payments
6 Months (July to December)

By amending your payment amount for the last six months of the year, it ensures that your tax account has a zero balance by December 31. Further, your monthly payments will be amended in January of the following year to help eliminate any large shifts in payments. If you wish to sign up for or require further information about this plan, please contact the Taxation Department at City Hall by phoning (780) 361-4400 or you can download the application.

Assessment
The assessment of your property was shown on the assessment notice that was sent out on March 3 2017. Appeals regarding the assessments are to be filed by the date shown on the front of the assessment notice. For a complaint to be heard by an Assessment Review Board, the complaint form must be completed and filed with the Assessment Review Board clerk along with the appropriate fee as established by Council.  If an Assessment Complaint is to be handled by an Agent, the Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization form must also be filed.

Assessment Review Board Complaint Form
Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form
Compliance Review Form
Assessment Appeal Fees