Assessment & Taxation
What is a Property Assessment?*
Property assessment is the process of assigning a dollar value to a property for taxation purposes. In Alberta, property is taxed based on the ad valorem principle. Ad valorem means “according to value.” This means that the amount of tax paid is based on the value of the property. Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for municipalities. We use contract services to perform our annual assessment.
Understanding Your Assessment
Property assessments in Alberta are based on a combination of market value and regulated rates. Residential and non-residential properties are assessed at market value. Farmland, machinery and equipment, and linear properties are assessed using provincial regulated rates.
The provincial government establishes the legislature, policies and guidelines that determine how assessments are to be completed.
The assessor calculates your assessment according to provincial legislation and guidelines.
Assessors use sales information to calculate the value of your property.
The marketplace and not the assessor determines the value of your property. Thus, properties with similar market values will have comparable assessed values.
Property owners have the right to inspect the assessment roll and can get an explanation of how their assessments are calculated by contacting the Taxation Clerk (see the Contact Us
If I do not agree with my assessment, what can I do?
Review your property information to make sure the description of the property is accurate. This is an important step. If you believe information about the property is not correct, arrange a meeting with the municipality’s assessor. Discuss any problems that might affect the property’s value (examples, a major structural problem such as a cracked foundation or buildings have been removed). Find out if these problems were taken into account when the assessment was prepared. The assessor can re-inspect the property and correct the information if necessary.
For further information contact:
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Assessment Services Branch
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 – 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L4
Phone: 780-422-1377 (To call toll free, dial 310.0000 first)
How to File an Assessment Complaint
A person wishing to make an assessment complaint must do so in accordance with Section 460(1) of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26.
The instruction guide on how to file an assessment complaint and the assessment complaint forms can be obtained by clicking on the links below or upon request from Greenview’s Administration Office:
Complaints must be filed within 60 days from the date of the Assessment/Tax Notice.
In accordance with Bylaw 13-712 Schedule A, the following Complaint Registration Fees must accompany your assessment complaint:
Residential 3 or Fewer
Dwellings & Farm Land
Residential 4 or More
Completed forms are to be forwarded to:
Clerk of Assessment Review Board
4806 – 36 Avenue
Valleyview, Alberta T0H 3N0
Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
An assessed person is entitled to see or receive sufficient information about the person’s property in accordance with Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act or a summary of an assessment in accordance with Section 300 of the Municipal Government Act, or both.
For costs related to obtaining Assessment Records please refer to the Schedule of Fees.
Once the clerk determines which board will hear your complaint, you will be notified of the hearing date and location.
There are two types of assessment review boards that hear complaints depending on the type of property:
Local Assessment Review Board (LARB)
(the majority of residential and farmland complaints will be heard by this board)
Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB)
(non-residential and some multi-unit residential complaints will be heard by this board)
Municipal Property Taxation*
Under the Municipal Government Act, municipalities are responsible for collecting taxes for municipal and educational purposes. Property taxes are levied based on the value of the property as determined by the property assessment process. Property taxes are not a fee for service, but a way of distributing the cost of local government services and programs throughout a municipality.
The property tax system is comprised of two distinct processes – preparing the assessments and setting the tax rate. The assessor’s job is to prepare assessments. The Municipal Council is responsible for completing the second process, setting the tax rate.
Relationship between Property Assessment Value and Property Taxes*
Often the terms “assessment” and “taxation” are considered to be interchangeable. However, assessment and taxation are very different. Although one impacts the other, each is a distinct and independent process.
Assessment is the process of estimating the dollar value of a property for taxation purposes. This value is used to calculate the amount of taxes that will be charged to the owner of the property.
Taxation is the process of applying a tax rate to a property’s assessed value to determine the taxes payable by the owner of that property.
* Source: The Government of Alberta