Taxation & Assessment

NEW Non-Residential Property Tax Incentives (including new industrial and commercial developments and expansions in Wetaskiwin)

Wetaskiwin City Council repealed Bylaw 1969-20 and passed the replacement Tax Incentive Bylaw 1970-20 at their regular September 28, 2020 meeting. This new bylaw widens the scope of the non-residential property tax incentive to include large scale commercial developments and provides further clarification on the implementation of the Bylaw.

Bylaw 1970-20 gives provision for incentives for the municipal portion of non-residential property taxes for both industrial developments and expansions, as well as new commercial developments on a sliding scale over a three year period. The new bylaw is designed to attract growth, encourage development, and bring new investment to the City of Wetaskiwin.

Read the full Press Release HERE.

For more information, contact Candace Coughlan, Economic Development manager at candace.coughlan@wetaskiwin.ca.


Current Tax Rates

The 2020 Property Tax Rate Bylaw 1961-20 was approved by City Council at their regular April 27, 2020 Council meeting, resulting in a net municipal tax rate decrease of 2.41 percent for both residential and nonresidential properties. The 2020 tax payment deadline was also extended to September 30, 2020 to reduce the financial strain on taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two main tax rate categories in Wetaskiwin are residential and non-residential. The third category--Designated Industrial Property--is designated by the province of Alberta. Both the residential and non-residential tax rate categories are comprised of three portions: municipal, education, and Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority. The City is the collecting body for the Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority, education, and Designated Industrial Property requisitions and has no control over those levies.

View the ’2020 Tax Rate’ press release (April 28, 2020).

The 2020 tax rates are as follows:

Residential




2020 Tax Rate2019 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal9.3799.6101----
School 2.59912.6376----
Wetaskiwin Lodge 0.19880.1998----
Total 12.176912.4475----


Non-Residential 




2020 Tax Rate2019 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal 18.71319.1748----
School
3.93023.6422----
Wetaskiwin Lodge
0.19880.1998----
Total
22.84223.0168----


Designated Industrial




2020 Tax Rate2019 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact

0.07510.0786----


Notes:

  1. All tax rates are shown as rate of dollars per $1000 of assessment.
  2. Designated Industrial Property (DIP) tax rate is only applies to properties identified as DIP through the Province of Alberta.
  3. Net Impact refers to the combination of the average assessment change for residential and non-residential property combined with the change to the tax rate.


Tax Payment Deadline Extended to September 30, 2020

If you pay taxes within the City of Wetaskiwin, here is what you need to know:

  • The property tax deadline for 2020 has been set as September 30, 2020.
    If you do not pay your outstanding tax balance by this date, a late payment penalty of five (5) percent will be applied to your account on October 1, 2020.
  • An arrears penalty of ten (10) percent will be applied to your account if you do not pay your outstanding tax balance by January 1, 2021

How can I pay?

Wetaskiwin City Hall is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed 12 noon to 1 pm). You can come in to pay your property tax invoice in-person during regular business hours. If you are unable to pay in person or choose to pay another way, the City accepts payments online (through your online banking), or by cheque or money order (delivered to the night box on the north side of Wetaskiwin City Hall at 4705 -50 Avenue). An insert outlining the new tax rates and the allocation of municipal tax dollars was included in all 2020 tax notice letters.

*Accepted payment methods for property taxes are: cash, debit, payment through your online banking, cheque, or money order. Credit cards are not accepted for payment of property taxes.*

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan

The City of Wetaskiwin offers a monthly payment plan to pay your property taxes throughout the year. This plan allows property owners to pay their property taxes directly to the City in monthly installments from January to December, and avoid paying one large lump sum and incurring late payment penalties if there is still a balance remaining after the payment deadline. Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on either the first (1st) or the fifteenth (15th) of each month.

If you are on the pre-authorized payment plan, you will receive a tax notice in May for your information, however, 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 Pre-Authorized tax payment.

The calculation for your new monthly payment amount is as follows:

Total Tax Levy for the year minus 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 of the current tax year. If you wish to sign up for or require further information about this plan, please contact the Finance Department at City Hall by calling 780.361.4400 or you can download the application (PDF).

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.

Assessment

The assessment of your property is shown on the Assessment Notice sent out in March each year. 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 (PDF)
Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form (PDF)
Compliance Review Form (PDF)
Assessment Appeal Fees (PDF)