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2020 Property Tax FAQs

On Monday, July 20th 2020 Property Taxes are due November 30th without penalty. Both commercial and residential taxpayers who normally pay in a lump sum on or before August 31 are now able to take an additional 90 days to pay their taxes without penalties.

It's just about that time again. Property taxes are due on August 31.To avoid penalties being applied, your payment must be received by the Town no later than 11:59 pm on August 31, 2020.

Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions about property taxes and assessments.

How can I appeal if I don't agree with my assessment? 

The important item is that you can appeal your assessment, not your taxes or municipal services. The first step is to compare your assessment to other similar properties. Using the Internet, browse to our home page, www.drumheller.ca, and select the Depts menu on the top banner, then choose Corporate Services, Property Assessment, Property Tax Search. On the Property Tax webpage select the applicable search option. The following web address from Alberta Municipal Affairs has helpful information and may assist you: https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-property-assessment-publications.aspx . Town Hall staff can answer most of your concerns at (403) 823-6300. If you require more information than we can provide, our assessors Rodney Vikse or Steve Washington at Wild Rose Assessment Services Ltd. in Red Deer can be reached by calling (403) 343-3357 or by fax at (403) 343-3299. 

If you are still not satisfied with the explanation, your appeal must be filed with the Assessment Review Board Clerk at the Town of Drumheller, 224 Centre Street, Drumheller AB T0J 0Y4, within 60 days after the Property Assessment and Tax Notice is sent. The 'final date for complaint' is located on the top right corner of the notice. Only the Municipal Government Board has jurisdiction to deal with complaints about assessments for designated industrial & linear properties, not the Assessment Review Board. 

A fee of $50 per assessment for residential and farmland or $650 per assessment for other types of assessment must accompany the prescribed appeal form. This fee will be refunded to the appellant if the appeal is withdrawn prior to the appeal being heard by the Board, or if the Board rules in favor of the appellant. This form is available at Town Hall or downloaded from the Alberta Municipal Affairs website: https://www.alberta.ca/Property-assessment-complaints-and-appeals.aspx 

What is "Market Value Assessment"?
Market Value Assessment values reasonably reflects the market value of your property and creates a more equitable and comparative assessment of all properties. Assessment values are based on the most recent sales information that can be obtained. All properties are re-assessed every year. The term "Improvements" refers to anything that is not "Land". This is the total of the improvements on that property, which includes any changes made in the previous year. The effective date of the assessment is December 31st of the previous year. 

How is Market Assessment used to calculate my property taxes?
The assessment itself does not generate property taxes. The Town determines the amount of revenue required to be raised by taxes for maintaining and delivering municipal services. The requisitioning bodies determine the values of the Designated Industrial Properties, Education and Seniors' Housing requisitions. Council has no control or voice in these portions of the taxes. The revenues required divided by the assessment produces the tax rate. A tax rate of 0.01234 is equal to $12.34 per $1,000 of assessment. 

What is the due date?
The due date for your tax payment is August 31st. Please refer to the next paragraph for the penalty rates. 

What are the penalty rates?
There will be a 5% penalty on the unpaid current levy on September 1st and an additional 5% penalty on the unpaid current levy on November 1st. All arrears are subject to a monthly penalty of 0.75% per month or 9.00% per annum, calculated on the first day of each month.
Please refer to the reverse side for more information.

What other charges can be applied to my tax bill? 

Unpaid utility invoices and any costs related to by-law infractions such as weed notices, snow removal, unsightly premises and when applicable, water & sewer connections are charged to the tax account. You are notified by letter of any charges being applied to your account. The property owner, not the renter, is responsible for adhering to any Bylaws.

Payment Options
NEW! This year we are accepting credit card payments using Option Pay on our website and etransfer payments at etransfer@drumheller.ca. The Town of Drumheller also accepts, debit, cash or cheque payments, as well as online payments through banking institutions. Post-dated cheques are acceptable. If paying by cheque, include the bottom portion of your property assessment and tax notice to ensure payments are applied correctly.
Online payments, telephone banking, etransfers or payments made through banking institutions, may take up to 4 business days to be processed and must reflect the correct roll number which can be found on the top of your property assessment and tax notice. Ensure to adjust your payment dates accordingly to avoid penalties for, any and all, late payments. 

A fee of $25.00 is applicable for any and all requests to transfer payments, or credit balances to other properties. 

Is there other methods of paying taxes?
Another method is the installment plan. This allows us to electronically charge your bank account with the monthly portion of the taxes on the last day of each month. Since your payments are spread throughout the entire year there are no penalties in September or November, and there is no pre-payment bonus.

If we can be of further help please call us at (403) 823-6300 or visit us at Town Hall.
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