Taxes and Assessment

Contacts

Assessor

Michael Krim, AMAA

Tanmar Consulting Inc.
Toll Free: 1-855-417-5191

Linda Johanson

Tax Clerk
(780) 846-2244

News & Announcements

Tax Notices Will be sent out in June 2019.  Please contact our office immediately if you have a change of address.
Annual Inspections Our tax Assessors will be starting annual property assessment inspections April 23 & 24, 2019 within Townships 51-53 (ranges 1-7), named subdivisions and Blackfoot.  Full info here.
Overdue Taxes  Taxes were due Oct 1, 2018. For any outstanding tax accounts, a further penalty of 12% will be applied to outstanding balances on Jan 16, 2019.  Ensure your final payment is submitted (by mail or online) early enough to be received by our office by Jan 15, 2019.  Be mindful of bank processing and mailing times.

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

Each year prior to the expiry of the appeal period the County hosts an Assessment Public Open House at the County Administration Office. The assessor is available to discuss any concerns with Market Value Assessment, or to review how your assessment was determined for tax purposes.

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
  2019 2018 2019 2018
Residential-General 2.3413 2.2195 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Blackfoot) 5.4654 5.1810 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Clandonald) 6.9540 6.5922 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Islay) 6.3569 6.0261 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (McLaughlin) 4.0517 3.8409 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Rivercourse) 7.1252 6.7545 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Streamstown) 6.3904 6.0579 2.6466 2.6483
Residential-Hamlets (Tulliby Lake) 4.3560 4.1294 2.6466 2.6483
Div 5 Residential-Multi Lot  2.6429 2.5054 2.466 2.6483
Farmland 13.6887 12.9765 2.6466 2.6483
Non Residential (small business) 12.4378 13.1007 3.8845 3.8845
Non Residential M&E 13.8648 13.1007 N/A N/A
General Recreation 0.2015 0.1966 N/A N/A
Vermilion Recreation 0.4315 0.4206 N/A N/A
Marwayne Recreation  0.2070 0.2016 N/A N/A
Paradise Valley Recreation 0.1962 0.1906  N/A N/A 
Dewberry Recreation 0.4114 0.4083 N/A N/A


Mill Rate Comparison (2011-2019)

 

Assessment Complaint Process

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

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 OCT 1, 2018 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, 2019.

 

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 OCT 1, 2018 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, 2019.

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, 2016 to July 1, 2017 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 2018 taxation year. Your 2018 property assessment notice is based on mid-range values as of July 1, 2017 real estate market conditions and reflects the physical condition as of December 31, 2017.

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, 2017 and reflects the physical condition of your property as of December 31, 2017.

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