Assessment and Taxation

 

Property taxes are the primary revenue source for the County. Taxation revenue is used to offset the costs of providing municipal services throughout the County. Some of the following programs and services include:

  • Transportation (road networks, airport, drainage)
  • Utilities (water, sewer, waste disposal)
  • Protective Services (fire, emergency preparedness, bylaw enforcement)
  • Public Health/Welfare (Family & Community Support Services)
  • Planning & Development (zoning – subdivision – development of lands)
  • Agricultural Services (equipment rental, roadside mowing, weed control, research)
  • Recreation & Culture (parks, halls, libraries, museums)

The municipal property tax levy consists of two main steps:

1) Assessing the value of your property.

2) Setting the annual tax rate.

Assessment Information

The Alberta Government determines the criteria for property assessment, which varies based on type of property being assessed. Residential, non-residential, farmland and machinery & equipment assessments for the County are administered by KCL Consulting Inc.  The Province of Alberta is responsible for providing the linear assessment (pipelines, power lines, etc.). These assessments are completed on an annual basis and are provided to the County in early spring each year.

County of Northern Lights 2017 Assessment Values by Property Type

Property Type                                                                       Total Assessment

Residential Properties                                                                354,469,520

Non-Residential Properties                                                        59,502,450

Farm Land Properties                                                                  50,415,280

Linear Properties (incl. Electric Power Generation)                     493,490,730

Machinery & Equipment                                                            372,019,730

For additional information about taxation and assessment please visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs website:  http://municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/mc_property_assessment_and_taxation.cfm

For additional information or to contact the assessor for the County, please visit KCL Consulting Inc.’s website:  http://kcl-consulting.com

 

Taxation Information

Once the assessment has been finalized, the Council establishes a tax rate (mill rate) that takes into account other revenue sources as well as the operational and capital requirements for the County.  The tax rate will be set at a rate that will ensure the municipality generates sufficient revenue through taxation to maintain the desired level of services for its residents. 

The municipal property taxes are due on June 30th every year.

2017 Tax (Mill) Rate – Bylaw # 17-14-379

 

Residential

Farm Land

Non - Residential

Municipal Tax Rate

6.1707

8.4673

13.7346

Education-Alberta School Foundation Fund Tax Rate/

Education Opted Out Tax Rate

2.2125

2.21254.4852

Seniors Lodge Accommodation Tax Rate

0.40540.40540.4054

2016 Combined Tax (Mill) Rate

8.7886

11.0852

18.6252

Rate is the amount of taxes that would be due for every $1,000 of property value.

To calculate property taxes:  Assessed Value of Property  x 2017 Combined Mill Rate 
                                                       $1,000
 
Council did not increase the municipal millrate this year. 

 

Payment Options

The County accepts payment by any of the following means: cash, cheque, telebanking, on line, credit card, or debit card. The County has set up telebanking at the following banks: TD Canada Trust, CIBC, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, ATB Financial, and the Caisse Horizon Credit Union Ltd.- Manning Branch.

The County also offers a pre-authorized payment plan for property taxes. To sign up for the pre-authorized payment plan, complete the Property Tax Autopay Application and submit it to the Tax Department via fax or email.

Please contact Denilda Johnson, Taxation Department for additional information regarding assessment, taxation and payment options. 

Tel: 780.836.3348 Fax: 780.836.3663 E-mail: johnsond@countyofnorthernlights.com

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