Understanding Your Property Taxes
Your property tax is made up of five components, including the Municipal tax, the Recreation tax, the Education tax, the Seniors Housing tax and the Waste Management tax. Flagstaff County is responsible for collecting these taxes. The Assessment and Tax notice you receive annually in June includes all five components.
Municipal Tax is the portion of the property tax allocated to the County for providing operating programs and services and capital projects. County Council has authority to set the municipal tax rate.
Recreation Tax is a portion of the property tax allocated to provide recreation funding to support recreation programs. County Council has authority to set the recreation tax rate.
Education Tax is a requisition which all municipalities are mandated to collect on behalf of Alberta Education. This tax is directly remitted to the Province, and the County has no influence or control over setting the education tax rate.
Seniors Housing Tax is a requisition by the Flagstaff Regional Housing Group (FRHG). This requisition is for the funding of seniors housing as operated by FRHG. County Council has representation on the board and this board establishes the budget and the associated requisition. This tax is remitted directly to FRHG.
Waste Management Tax is a portion of the property tax allocated to provide services for the collection of waste. County Council has representation on the board and this board establishes the budget and the associated requisition. This tax is remitted directly to Flagstaff Regional Solid Waste Management Association.
Flagstaff County in anticipation of a reduction of future revenues carefully reviewed programs and services and the budget includes some reductions in program services.
The assessment for the 2016 revised approved budget was $1,488,656,750 versus the estimated assessment of $1,494,162,756, an increase of $5,506,006. The proposed budget is based on the estimated assessment which includes a 10% decrease in pipelines and 15% decrease in well assessment based on information received from Municipal Affairs. These estimates do not take into consideration any other increases or decreases we may see in other assessment categories; specifically oilfield machinery and equipment.
2017 Tax & Assessment Notices
Tax & Assessment Notices for 2017 will be mailed to Flagstaff County property owners in May 2017. If you do not receive your tax notice by June 15, 2017, please contact the Flagstaff County Office at 780-384-4100.
If you have a concern or believe there is an error regarding your property assessment, please report this immediately to the County Assessment Department. If your concern is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may file a written complaint to the Assessment Review Board. The Assessment Review Board has the authority to review your assessment and direct the assessor to make amendments. Its function is to hear evidence as to whether your property is assessed on an equitable basis with similar properties.
Pursuant to Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act:
An “Assessment Review Board Complaint Form” must be completed and filed with the associated fee.
Complaint Forms must be received within 60 days of the mailing date of this notice.
The “Assessment Review Board Complaint Form” is available at your municipal office or website.
Download Form Here
Complaint Fees: Residential 3 or fewer dwellings and farmland, $50. Residential 4 or more dwellings and non-residential, $650.
Complaint Forms can be mailed to:
Sedgewick, Alberta, T0B 4C0
Attention: Shelly Armstrong, CAO
Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessment by the appropriate tax rate. Tax rates are calculated based on the amount of tax revenue that is required to pay for the services that are provided. Revenues are collected through property taxation for Municipal Operations, Alberta School Foundation, Flagstaff Foundation, Recreation and Flagstaff Waste Management.
2016 MILL RATES (2017 will be available in the Spring)
|Requisitioning Bodies||Municipal Mill Rate||School Foundation Program Fund (S.F.P.F.)||Flagstaff Foundation||Recreation||Flagstaff Waste Management||Total Mill Rate|
|Machinery & Equipment||16.2249||0.0000||0.2288||0.4366||0.2721||17.1624|
(Assessment X Tax Rate) divided by 1000 = Taxes
Residential (Public or Separate) → ($200,000 X 8.0012) / 1000 = $1,600.
An estimation of taxes can also be figured out using the above formula. Use the current market value of the property you are trying to estimate the taxes for, by replacing the assessed value with the market value. Note that it would only be an estimate/rough approximation, as mill rates and market values are changed yearly.
Terms of Payment
Cheques should be made payable to:
Sedgewick, AB T0B 4C0
- Debit Payment at the County Office
- Vision Credit Union - Internet or in person banking for Taxes only
- ATB Financial - online
- BMO - Bank of Montreal
Remittances from outside Canada must be in Canadian Funds.
A penalty of 12% (twelve percent) will be levied on unpaid taxes on October 17, 2016 and an additional 6% (six percent) will be levied on all tax arrears on May 1, 2017 following the tax notice.
Payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than October 17 to avoid the 12% penalty and no later than April 28 to avoid the 6% penalty.