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The City of Red Deer mailed Assessment Notices January 17, 2013.
Why do I receive a Property Assessment Notice before my property tax bill?
Your property's assessed value is used to calculate your Property Tax Bill once City Council sets the property tax rate in May. Property Assessment Notices were mailed out mid January to allow property owners time to review the assessed value and to address any concerns with Revenue & Assessment Services. Since you are not able to dispute your Property Tax Bill, it is important to carefully review your Property Assessment Notice before the complaint deadline date which appears on the notice.
You can use the Assessed Value map in Web Map to compare the assessed value of your property with others in your neighbourhood or throughout the city. Simply go to Web Map, launch it, and follow these easy steps:
- Wait for the Base map to display after launching Web Map.
- On the left side of the screen under Themes you will see Assessment & Taxation.
- Click on the + sign beside this heading.
- A drop down appears displaying heading Assessed Value.
- Click on Assessed Value until a diamond appears beside the words.
- Now on the Right hand of the screen choose the search tool (binoculars) from the tool bar to open a pop-up box. Complete the address fields carefully, then click the Find button.
- You will see the base map change to blocks of colour.
- Minimize or close out of the pop-up box or move it to the side of the screen to see the map.
- Your address will appear outlined with a red border.
- Move your curser over the map to see assessed values for each single family property. To get assessed values for units in condominiums or trailer parks, hold your mouse over the brown-coloured area and left click to see a pop-up chart that lists the assessed values for all the units in the property.
Assessment Records & Summaries
As a Taxpayer you are entitled to see or receive sufficient information about your property under Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act and/or a summary of comparable assessments in the municipality (Sec. 300) to satisfy that your property has been fairly and accurately assessed. The "Matters Relating to Assessment And Taxation Regulation" lays out further guidelines as to the method and timelines for receiving assessment records or summaries. For more information, open the document linked below:
Section 27.4 & 27.5
What if I have a concern or believe there is an error on my Property Assessment Notice?
If you have a concern or believe there is an error on your Property Assessment Notice, please contact The City's Revenue & Assessment Services Department at 403-342-8126 and arrange to speak with an assessor.
If your discussion with an assessor doesn't resolve your concerns, you may submit a formal written complaint to the Clerk of the Regional Assessment Review Board before the appeal cut off date, which appears on your Assessment notice.
How do I file a complaint?
Provincial legislation and City bylaws outline how complaints must be made:
- Your fully completed complaint must be submitted via the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form
- You must be the assessed owner. An Agent may file a complaint on your behalf if you, the assessed owner, complete an 'Authorization to Act as Agent Form' and include it with the complaint
- Your complaint must explain why you think the information or assessed value shown on your Assessment Notice or Tax Notice is incorrect
- You must include the correct information. If you disagree with the assessed value, you must include what you believe is the assessed value
- Your complaint must include the filing fee in the amount that is indicated on your Assessment Notice or Tax Notice
- Written complaints and filing fees may be dropped off at Legislative Services on the 2nd floor, City Hall, 4914-48 Avenue, or mailed to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board at Box 5008, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T4.
Please Note: In 2009, changes were made to provincial legislation pertaining to the filing of appeals.
Where can I get more information about property assessments?
The City mailed the 2013 Assessment Brochure with the Property Assessment Notices January 17th, 2013. If you did not receive this brochure, you can view it here or pick one up from Revenue & Assessment Services on the 4th floor of City Hall at 4914-48 Ave. You can also call 403-342-8126 to speak to an assessor.
When will I get my Property Tax Bill?
City Council sets the property tax rate in May. Your Property Tax Bill is generally mailed out by late May.