Assessment & Taxation



2020 Property Tax Information

PROPERTY TAXES

The Town of Tofield has not increased the municipal net taxes required to operate the Town of Tofield for 2020. If your property  has experienced  an increase it is due  to  the increase  in requisitions  passed  onto the Town  from outside  Requisitioning  Bodies.  Outside requisitioning bodies are Alberta School Foundation,  Beaver Emergency Services Commission {Fire Service), Beaver Foundation (Senior Lodges) and Policing (RCMP Cost Sharing), these costs are outside of the Town of Tofield’s control and are a mandated requirement.

PROPERTY TAX DUE DATE

Council of the Town of Tofield has extended the tax due date and reduced the penalty rate for the 2020 taxation year. Therefore, Property Taxes, that are not on the Tax Instalment Program shall be due and payable in full on or before October 1, 2020.

Current property taxes that are not paid on or before October 1, 2020, will be subject to 3% penalty October 2, 2020 and a further 6% penalty on November 1, 2020.

For those properties that are on the Tax Instalment Program and wish to defer the monthly payments please contact the Municipal Office to discuss further and make payment arrangements.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment value amount that is on your notice is an estimate of the market value of your property as of July of 2019. The assessor used sales leading up to July of 2019 to establish the assessments. This is prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the collapsed economy and, unfortunately, can not be changed due to Provincial regulations which govern property assessment.

At this point it is unknown how the loss of employment, the closing of businesses, and/or other economic factors will affect real estate market values  and, therefore,  future  assessed  value s.  Assessors  are bound by strict guidelines for assessment and will be ensuring everything  possible is taken into consideration  for the future.

You are encouraged to talk to an assessor if you have concerns about the assessment as it relates to your property value in July of 2019. Please contact the Municipal Office who will put you in touch with an assessor. Please also keep in mind that the assessor does not set the tax rates in the municipality, and therefore cannot answer questions about property taxation. Nor can they answer questions  about  the amount of services you receive.  For tax  rate questions,  for questions  about services,  or for general inquiries please contact your Municipal Office.

Notice of Assessment is June 29, 2020 and the Assessment Complaint Deadline is Friday, August 28, 2020.

Should you feel your Property Assessment is inaccurate, please review our Assessment Complaint Procedure and complete the appropriate form(s) – Assessment Review Board Complaint.

Town of Tofield offers Tax Instalment Payments to Property Owners who are in good standing. These monthly payments will be debited from your account starting in January on either the 5th or the 17th of each month and will be equal to your previous years Tax Levy divided by 12. (eg. If your Tax Levy was $1200, your monthly instalment payments will be $100.)

If you are interested, please complete the Tax Installment Application and return to the Town of Tofield Office on or before December 20th with a VOID cheque.

The Town of Tofield also accepts payment in office and by mail. Starting in 2014, the Town of Tofield will accept Property Tax Payment through Online/Telephone Banking from BMO, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, CIBC and Royal Bank. Please use the Roll number (located in the top right hand corner of the green Notice and Assessment) as the account number to ensure the payment is applied correctly.

Online access to assessment reports is available here: vps.camalot.ca/AsmtInfo/.

2020 non-residential education property tax

The Government of Alberta is doing everything it can to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23, 2020, the government announced property tax changes to assist businesses and keep the economy running.

The government is working with municipalities to defer property taxes to help your business remain solvent.

Your municipality has chosen to provide a combined municipal and education property tax deferral that is effectively equivalent to a six­ month education property tax deferral.

If you are able to pay your property taxes now, we encourage you to do so. Property owners are strongly encouraged to immediately pass on the benefits of any tax deferrals to their business tenants.

While deferred taxes are still due in 2020, we are also encouraging municipalities to implement flexible payment plans for non-residential property owners unable to pay fully in 2020.

For further information about your municipality’s specific approach, please contact your municipal administration using the contact information provided on the tax notice.

 


By-Law 1319-Mill Rate 2020

Mill Rate Breakdown

2020 Taxation Year

 

2019 Taxation Year