Understanding Your Property Taxes
Your property tax is made up of four components, including the Municipal Tax, the Education Tax, the Seniors Housing Tax and the Designated Industrial Property (DIP) Tax. Flagstaff County is responsible for collecting these taxes. The Assessment and Tax notice you receive annually in June includes all four 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. Municipal Tax also includes the Flagstaff Family & Community Services (FFCS) Funding Agreement, Flagstaff Waste Management Agreement and Recreation Funding.
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.
Designated Industrial Property (DIP) Tax is a requisition by the Municipal Assessment and Grants Division, Assessment Services Branch for Municipal Affairs. In 2018, legislation changed within the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Municipal Affairs now has a Centralized Industrial Property Assessment unit that is responsible for all assessment for Designated Industrial Property. The cost of this centralized assessment is recovered through the DIP requisition.
How Your Municipal Tax Dollar is Spent
The chart below shows how the municipal tax dollars raised in 2020 will be spent by department. The percentages include projects and services for operating and capital budgets.
2020 Tax & Assessment Notices
Tax & Assessment Notices for 2020 were mailed to Flagstaff County and hamlet property owners on May 29, 2020. If you do not receive your tax notice by June 15, 2020, 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 Accurate Assessment, Sean Cosens, Assessor, 780-417-6840.
If your concern is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may submit an Assessment Review Board Complaint along with the appropriate fee within 60 days of mailing, August 7, 2020, to Flagstaff County, Box 358, Sedgewick, AB T0B 4C0, Attention: Shelly Armstrong, CAO. If you require a receipt to be sent to you, please indicate on the bottom of the notice when you return your payment.
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 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
Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program
In 2013, the Alberta Government introduced a Seniors Property Tax Deferral program, which provides eligible seniors with financial support to pay their property tax bill.
This voluntary program will allow seniors to defer their residential property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta Government. For more information, click the following box.
Calculating Property Taxes
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, and Designated Industrial Property.
2020 MILL RATES (rates updated each spring)
|Requisitioning Bodies||Municipal Mill Rate||School Foundation Program Fund (S.F.P.F.)||Flagstaff Foundation||Designated Industrial Property||Total Mill Rate|
|Machinery & Equipment||17.7010||0.0000||0.1286||0.0760||17.9056|
(Assessment X Tax Rate) divided by 1000 = Taxes
Residential (Public or Separate) → ($200,000 X 8.3142) / 1000 = $1,662.84.
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
Remittances from outside Canada must be in Canadian Funds.
- Debit Payment at the County Office
- Option Pay (Note: Option Pay allows you to pay with credit card only. There is a fee based on the amount paid. Please ensure that comment section includes account number when making payment to ensure that we are able to process payment correctly.)
- Online payments – Vision Credit Union, ATB Financial, BMO - Bank of Montreal
- Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP): Flagstaff County offers a pre-authorized payment plan that allows property owners to pay their property taxes to the County in monthly installments from January to December each year. The deadline for enrollment is June each year. Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the first business day of each month. Your most recent annual tax levy is divided by 12 to establish a monthly payment amount. Payment amounts will be adjusted in June to compensate for changes in taxes resulting from the annual tax levy. Payments begin January 1st of the new year and continue for 12 consecutive months. You may withdraw from the plan by giving notice in writing before the 15th of the month preceding the next payment date. If your property is sold, title transferred or you have a change in bank account information, it is the responsibility of the participant to inform the Tax Department in writing. We require the notice of change before the 15th of the month prior to the next withdrawal. To enroll, click HERE.
A penalty of 12% (twelve percent) will be levied on unpaid taxes after October 15, 2020 and an additional 6% (six percent) will be levied on all tax arrears on April 30, 2021 following the tax notice.
Payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than October 15 to avoid the 12% penalty and no later than April 30 to avoid the 6% penalty.