Assessment and Taxation notices were mailed on May 29, 2020 to all property owners on the Assessment Roll of the Mackenzie County as of December 31, 2019.
By this notice all assessed persons are deemed to have received their taxation and assessment notices under the authority of Section 311 of the Municipal Government Act. RSA 2000.
Due to COVID-19 the deadline for payment of taxes has been extended to July 31, 2020. In order to avoid penalties payment must be received by the deadline.
Check out the Property Tax Information Brochure for information relating to how your assessment is determined, filing an appeal, payment options, penalties for late payments and contact information.
Before filing a complaint...
Review your property information to make sure the description of your property is accurate. This is an important step. If you believe information about your property is not correct, arrange a meeting with the County's assessor. Discuss any problems that might affect your property's value (for example, a major structural problem such as a cracked foundation).
Find out if these problems were taken into account when your assessment was prepared. The assessor can re-inspect your property and correct the information if necessary.
Note: It is your responsibility to contact the County office and check your property record to make sure the details are accurate.
You can also compare your assessment with other assessments of similar properties in your neighborhood. Talk with a professional appraiser, assessor, or realtor who can estimate your property's comparative value in the current market. Remember that the value shown on your assessment notice is based on the estimated value of your property on July 1st in the previous year.
How do I file an appeal?
Your complaint (appeal) must be filed within 60 days of the Notice of Assessment Date indicated on your Combined Assessment and Property Tax Notice. The deadline for assessment appeals is Friday, August 7, 2020.
An assessment complaint MUST be filed using the Government of Alberta "Assessment Review Board Complaint Form" (number LGS1402).
If the complaint is being filed on behalf of the assessed person or taxpayer by an agent for a fee, or a potential fee, the Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form must be completed by the assessed person or taxpayer of the property and must be submitted with this complaint form.
Complaint Filing Fee
All complaints MUST be accompanied by the appropriate fee set by Council according to Bylaw 1106-18 Assessment Review Boards.
The appeal fee will be refunded, if the Assessment Review Board renders a decision in your favour, or you have reached an agreement with the assessor prior to the hearing and signed a Withdrawal to Correction form.
|Summary of Appeal Fees|
|Residential - 3 or fewer dwellings and farmland||$ 50.00|
|Residential - 4 or more dwellings||$650.00|
|Business Tax||$ 50.00|
|Tax Notices (other than business tax)||$ 30.00|
Who do I send my complaint to?
All complaints must be sent to the following address on or before the appeal deadline.
Carol Gabriel, Assessment Review Board Clerk
Fort Vermilion, AB
For more information:
Please contact the Fort Vermilion office at 780.927.3718 for more information regarding your assessment/tax notice or regarding complaints.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-property-assessment.aspx for more information.
Assessment Open Houses
Due to COVID-19 Open Houses will not be held this year. However, the Assessor will be in the area mid-June. Contact them at 1.800.251.9711 to book an in-person/on-site appointment.