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Tax Draw

Thank you to everyone who participated in the County's Tax Draw. Congratulations to our winners Roger Bjornson and Richard Chalifoux! 

 

2020 Property Taxes 

Property Taxes are due and payable on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2020. This is to advise the ratepayers of Big Lakes County that the Property Assessment and Tax Notices were mailed out May 15, 2020.

A 7.5% penalty will be applied to current taxes and arrears if payment is received after September 30, 2020, and an additional 14.5% for payments made after the last business day in January 2021.

Failure to receive a tax notice doesn’t alleviate property from property taxation. If you don’t receive a property tax notice by May 31, 2020, please contact our office.

If your address has changed and you have not notified our office previously, please do so immediately by calling 780-523-5955, faxing us at 780-523-4227, e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or send letter to Big Lakes County, PO Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0. Also please contact Land Titles to update your address; it will also update our system.

To further accommodate our taxpayers, Big Lakes County will be open during noon hour starting September 28 to September 30, 2020.

Remittance should be made payable to BIG LAKES COUNTY by accepted bank cheque, bank draft, or money order. Cheques and bank drafts must be payable in Canadian funds. The postmark will determine date of payment. Property Taxes cannot be paid by credit card.

Payments can be made at the County Office, Hamlet of Kinuso, online Banking through *ATB, *Royal Bank, *T.D Canada Trust, *Horizon Credit Union, *Scotia Bank or at the *Royal Bank branch in High Prairie. Please provide remittance slip when paying at Branch.

The tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) is a new program that allows you to pay your property taxes on a monthly basis instead of one payment in June. Payments will be withdrawn from your bank account automatically through a pre-authorized withdrawal. TIPP makes budgeting easier on your pocketbook and eliminates the risk of penalties; as long as your TIPP is in good standing, new penalties will not be applied. If you would like to register for this program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Municipalities are not required to provide property tax receipts unless requested by the taxpayer. If you would like a receipt for taxes please call or email our office.

 

Notice of Preparation of Assessment Roll 2020

NOTICE is hereby given that the Assessment Roll of Big Lakes County made under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act has been prepared for the year 2020, and is open to inspection in the County Office, in High Prairie, Alberta from 8:15am to 4:00pm, during business hours.

Any person who desires to object to the entry of his/her name or that of any person upon the said roll(s) or the assessed value placed upon any property must, lodge his/her complaint(s) on approved form with the County by July 24, 2020. Standard Complaint forms are available at the Big Lakes County Office or online on the Big Lakes County website. Complaint forms must be completed and accompanied with the fee, as listed below by no later than JULY 24, 2020 before 4:00 pm.

Appeal Fees:

- Single Family Residential and farmland $50.00 per roll account

- Multi-family residential (more than 4 units) $350.00 per roll account,                      

- Non-residential (commercial/industrial) $350.00 per roll account,

Complaints with an incomplete complaint form, submitted after the filing deadline or without the required fee, are invalid.

Combined Tax assessments notices were mailed out on May 15, 2020. Any person that doesn’t receive an assessment notice but wishes to appeal his/her assessment must do so by July 24, 2020.

Clerk, Assessment Review Board
BIG LAKES COUNTY
Box 239
High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0

DATED this 13th day of May 2020

Jordan Panasiuk
CAO

Why are taxes important?

Municipalities raise funds for public services in various ways - including grant funding and user fees. However, taxes have long been a mainstay of municipal revenues and will continue to play an important role. These revenues are needed to sustain operations, infrastructure, and programs.

The primary means for municipalities to raise revenues is through property taxes. Property taxation is the process of applying a tax/mill rate to an assessed value of property to generate revenue. Rates differ among municipalities in light of various factors such as levels of services provided, the ratio of residential to commercial development, and council priorities.

What is a mill/tax rate?

Each year during the budgetary process, council approves the amount of expense required to operate the municipality. From this amount they subtract revenues. The remainder represents the amount of money needed to be raised by property taxes.

The amount of money needed is divided by the total value off all the assessed property in the municipality and multiplied by 1,000 to decide the tax rate known as the “mill rate.”

‘Tax Rate’ and ‘Mill Rate’ are often used interchangeably. The tax rate is the number that is multiplied by each property’s assessed value to determine property taxes – usually expressed in four to six decimal places, ex. 0.008437.

How are taxes calculated?

  1. The municipal property tax portion is calculated by taking the municipal mill rate that is assigned to that type of property by Council (ex. residential) and multiplying it by the assessed value of the property
  2. The education property tax portion is calculated by multiplying the appropriate education/seniors tax rate to the assessed value of the property.
  3. Add the municipal tax and the education tax amounts together to determine the total property tax bill.

How can I appeal my assessment?

Property owners cannot appeal tax rates, but they can appeal the assessed value of their property. For more information on filing assessment complaints, please visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

How can I view my assessment?

Ratepayers can now view their basic assessment information on their property ("Ratepayer Summary"). Click here for more details.

2020 Property mill/tax rates:

Big Lakes County’s 2020 municipal tax rates are included in the table below – note that these rates exclude school and seniors’ requisitions where applicable. For more information, please see the County’s 2020 tax by-law.

Property Type Tax Rate
Residential 4.502%
Farmland 4.502%
Non-residential 14.720%
Machinery & Equipment 14.720%
School - Residential 2.6140%
School - Non-Residential 3.6433%
Seniors 0.26513%

 

Why do I have to change my address with Land Titles?

It is very important that Land Titles has your correct mailing address. If they do not have a correct address they cannot notify you of any changes to your certificate of title, such as liens, caveats, and tax notifications.

What if I don't receive my Tax Notice?

Failure to receive your Tax Notice is not sufficient reason for not paying your property taxes on time. Penalties will incur as per tax rate penalty bylaw.

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