Taxes and Assessment

Contacts

Assessor:                                      Tax Clerk: Derek Kwiatkowski

Michael Krim, AMAA              Taxes@County24.com

Tanmar Consulting Inc.                     (780) 846-2244
Toll Free: 1-855-417-5191

News & Announcements

Small Business

Declaration

Annual Small Business Declarations will be sent out on November 1, 2021.  Please complete the enclosed form and return to our office by mail, email or in person.  The deadline to submit and to be considered for the 2022 tax year is January 31, 2022.

In order to implement the Small Business Sub-Class in the assessment process, we require a new Declaration on an annual basis for property owners who run a business or leases property to provide some basic information, specifically employee count.

Tax Notices Tax Notices were mailed on June 22, 2021.
Payment Plans If you are interested in signing up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan for your 2022 Taxes, you must register from July 1 to Sept 30 so that you can be activated for October 1st (which is the new tax year).  Contact the Tax Clerk or download the form here.

TaX FAQ

For a printable version of this FAQ document, Click HERE

ONLINE ASSESSMENT REPORTS

The assessment department has made assessment reports available on-line.  You may view these reports for any property in the county.  The reports can be found by clicking here.

The reports available to the public are

  • Land report (for farmland parcels, this report shows the arable vs pasture acres, the corresponding CLI rating for each field within the parcel, and the total assessed value of the farmland)
  • Assessment summary report (this report shows a summary of each assessment including the site area, the amount of farmland (if applicable), the type and size of buildings assessed to the parcel, and the total assessed value of the parcel)

Please click on the link above and follow the prompts.  You will be required to insert either a roll number, an address, or a legal description in order to view the reports.

 

What is Assessment?

The Assessment / Taxation Department establishes and maintains property assessment and tax roll information for all property in the County of Vermilion River. The assessment function is a major element in determining the amount of municipal and education tax each property owner will pay.

Property assessment is the foundation of municipal finance. The Municipal Government Act requires Appointed Assessors to prepare property assessments annually based on a market value standard. The Municipal Government Act and its accompanying regulations govern property assessment and taxation.

Assessment is the process of estimating the value of property for equitable distribution within the County of Vermilion River's total property tax requirement including other requisitions such as education. While many properties are assessed on a market value standard, there exist many other types of properties that are assessed on a regulated value standard mandated by the Provincial Government.

The entire assessment function for all properties is the responsibility of the Appointed Assessor, except for linear property, for which Alberta Municipal Affairs is responsible. This includes pipelines, gas and oil wells, electric power, and telecommunication systems.

Assessment services for the County of Vermilion River is provided by Tanmar Consulting Inc.

Alberta Municipal Affairs provides general information to ratepayers on the Property Assessment and Taxation website, including these guides: 

  • Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta
  • Education Property Tax Facts and Information
  • Guide to Equalized Assessment in Alberta
  • Access to Property Assessment Information
  • Is Your Property Assessment Fair and Accurate

 

More Tax Information:

Mill Rates

Understanding Your Taxes

Property Taxation is the process of calculating a tax by multiplying the assessment by a tax rate. Tax rates are calculated based on the amount of property tax revenue that is required to pay for the services that are provided.

The tax rates are called Mill Rates.  This means the tax per dollar of assessed value of property.  The rate is expressed in "mills", where one "mill" is one-tenth of a cent ($0.001).

There are two separate tax rates in The County of Vermilion River:

  • Municipal - this tax rate generates the amount of annual tax revenue required to support municipal operations.
  • Education Requisition - this tax rate generates the amount of annual tax revenue required to support the annual requisition from the Provincial Government

The formula for calculating the tax levy is:

Tax Levy = Property Assessment x Mill Rate ÷ 1000

Mill Rates

Mill Rates Municipal School-Public/Separate
  2020 2021 2020 2021
Residential-General 2.6855 2.7606 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Blackfoot) 6..6601 6.6601 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Clandonald) 7.2553 7.7000 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Islay) 7.2583 7.7000 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (McLaughlin) 4.9070 4.9070 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Rivercourse) 8.3777 4.9070 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Streamstown) 7.4017 3.1146 2.6286 2.6645
Residential-Hamlets (Tulliby Lake) 4.9157 3.1146 2.6286 2.6645
Div 3, 4, 5 Residential-Multi Lot  2.8392 3.1146 2.6286 2.6645
Farmland 14.8936 16.2170 2.6286 2.6645
Non Residential (small business) 13.4042 14.9468 3.8437 4.2104
Non Residential M&E 14.9312 16.6090 N/A N/A
General Recreation 0.2142 0.4276 N/A N/A
Vermilion Recreation 0.4344 0.2210 N/A N/A
Marwayne Recreation  0.2194 N/A N/A N/A
3 Cities Recreation 0.2093 N/A  N/A N/A 
Dewberry Recreation 0.4226 0.2092 N/A N/A
Fire 0.3471  0.4536  N/A  N/A
Waste Management Authority 0.2221 0.2427  N/A N/A 
Northern Lights Library 0.0349  0.0373  N/A  N/A
Senior's Housing N/A 0.0999 N/A 0.0999


Mill Rate Comparison (2011-2019)

 

Assessment Complaint Process

Assessment Complaint Procedure

You are entitled to see or receive information about how the assessor prepared the assessment of your property. If you have questions about your assessment, contact the County Assessor, Michael Krim, at 1-855-417-5191 (toll free).

The first step in resolving an assessment complaint should be a review of your assessment with the County Assessor.

If, after reviewing your assessment with the Assessor, you still believe that your assessment is unfair or incorrect, you may initiate the formal complaint process with the Assessment Review Board. You may not complain about your taxes, only the assessment. All sections of the complaint form must be filled out.

The complaint must be made on the official ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD COMPLAINT form.

You can appoint an agent who can, on your behalf, perform all duties with the Assessment Review Board, but your agent is not authorized to obtain your assessment information from the assessor. You must obtain this information yourself. If you wish to have another person file an assessment complaint on your behalf, you must complete an Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization form.

FORMS YOU MAY NEED:

Further information, FAQ's and forms can be found on the Municipal Affairs website
 

2021 Assessment Complaint deadline is AUGUST 30, 2021.

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

Seniors Property Tax Deferral (SPTD) Program

Senior homeowners seeking assistance in paying their property taxes may wish to consider the Seniors’ Property Tax Deferral (SPTD) program.  This program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their annual property tax through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta. This is a voluntary program that can free up funds for senior homeowners to use on other expenses such as home renovations thereby supporting them to stay in their homes as long as possible.

For more information on  SPTD program and other programs and services for seniors, visit www.health.alberta.ca/seniors.html or call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in the Edmonton area.

DOCUMENTS & FORMS:

Can be found on the provincial website by clicking here.

Inquiries and questions regarding Seniors programs can be directed to:

Shirley McRobert
Vermilion River Seniors Coordinator
780-581-2414

 

Paying My Taxes

Tax payments can made by Cash, Cheque, Debit Card, Telephone Banking or Internet Banking.  Payable to the County of Vermilion River. For after hours payments, please use our payment drop off box located at the County Administration Office in Kitscoty (no cash).  The postmark will determine date of payment.  Do not direct your payment to Alberta Municipal Affairs, other municipal offices or utilize the Alberta government courier services.  If you have signed onto the County Pre-Authorization Payment Plan, you will not need to pay your taxes separately.  The amount due will be on your tax notices (sent out in June).  Penalties will apply for late payments:  all taxes remaining unpaid after the due date of SEPT 30, 2021 will have a penalty of 8% imposed THE DAY AFTER the due date.  A further 12% penalty will be imposed on outstanding balances on Jan 15, 2022.

Assessment & Taxation FAQ's

How can I pay my taxes?

Tax payments can made by Cash, Cheque, Debit Card, Telephone Banking or Internet Banking.  Payable to the County of Vermilion River. For after hours payments, please use our payment drop off box located at the County Administration Office in Kitscoty (no cash).  The postmark will determine date of payment.  Do not direct your payment to Alberta Municipal Affairs, other municipal offices or utilize the Alberta government courier services.  If you have signed onto the County Pre-Authorization Payment Plan, you will not need to pay your taxes separately.  The amount due will be on your tax notices (sent out in June).  Penalties will apply for late payments:  all taxes remaining unpaid after the due date of SEPT 30, 2021 will have a penalty of 8% imposed THE DAY AFTER the due date.  A further 12% penalty will be imposed on outstanding balances on Jan 15, 2022.

What is Market Value?

Market value is the price a property would likely yield if sold after adequate time and exposure on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer.  The Assessor finds this figure by extensively analyzing sale transactions from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020 for similar property types to determine market trends and patterns and hence uses mass appraisal techniques to finalize market values to be used for the 2021 taxation year. Your 2021 property assessment notice is based on mid-range values as of July 1, 2019 real estate market conditions and reflects the physical condition as of December 31, 2020.

Properties not assessed on a market value standard such like farmland, railway, machinery and equipment, and linear are assessed at prescribed regulated rates and standards mandated by the Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs, Minister's Guidelines of Regulated Property.

What is Mass Appraisal?

Mass appraisal is not a site-specific appraisal of property. It is an averaged or mid-ranged market value for similar types of properties. Mass appraisal takes into account a greater sampling of properties with common features and characteristics to perform statistical analysis. Common features include location, proximity to urban centers, age, parcel size, building size, quality of construction and zoning.

Can my property assessment increase or decrease from year to year?

Yes, your property assessment is based on market value that was established for July 1. Depending on the current market conditions on July 1, your assessment may increase or decrease.

Why is my property assessment different than my real estate appraisal?

Private appraisers evaluate your property based on the market conditions that exist at the time of the appraisal report. The County's property assessment calculation is based on the market conditions as of July 1, 2020 and reflects the physical condition of your property as of December 31, 2020.

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