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Assessment FAQs

The Municipal District of Taber encourages citizens to please contact our Assessment Department with general inquires, questions, and concerns about your municipal property assessment. 

If your question relates to designated industrial property and/or you require assessment information about any designated industrial property(DIP), please contact the Provincial Assessor at the Assessment Services Branch in Edmonton: phone: (780)422-1377. 

Under the MGA you are entitled to see or receive any information regarding the preparation of your property assessment that the Assessor possesses or controls. You may request assessment summary information regarding any municipally prepared property assessment in the municipality. If you are making an official request, under Section 299 of the MGA, you may be asked to submit a completed official “Information Request Form”, along with the appropriate fee. It is important the municipality is clear what information you are asking for and so it be can returned to you within the timelines prescribed in the legislation. The official request form can be obtained from the MD of Taber Administration Office.

The MD of Taber Assessment Department is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am –noon and 1-4:30 pm. You can call the Administration Office (403) 223-3541 and ask to speak to an Assessor. If you wish to discuss your assessment in person, please phone ahead to confirm a Municipal Assessor will be available to speak with your when you arrive.

First, please review your property information with an Assessor to make sure the information about the property is accurate. This is the most important step. If you believe information about your property is not correct, arrange a meeting with your Assessor. Discuss any problems that might affect your property’s value. The Assessor may ask to re-inspect your property and correct the information if necessary. Please note: the value shown on your assessment notice is the estimated value of your property on July 1st of the previous year. If, after reviewing the information about your property, and discussing comparable properties, you are unable to come to an agreed assessed value with the assessor, you may choose to file a complaint with your municipality’s assessment review board clerk. Information on filing an Assessment Complaint can also be found on the reverse of your Property Assessment Notice.

Please note: If an official assessment complaint has been filed against a property, the assessor is not obligated to provide information requested to you prior to an Assessment Review Board issuing a decision a the complaint filed about that property. If you have any questions regarding formal access to your property’s information, please ask your Assessment Review Board Clerk or your Assessor before filing an assessment complaint.

In order to prepare an estimate of value the Assessor needs to know about your property. The MGA allows the Assessor the “Right to enter on and inspect property” so long as the owner/occupier has been given notice and informed that the purpose of inspection is to prepare an assessment of the property. Information typically gathered on a property includes the type, size, age, and characteristics (e.g. heating type, plumbing fixtures, interior finish) of improvements, and the ‘property class’ based use of the improvement/property (e.g. residential, farm, commercial, industrial/manufacturing – a property may be dual purpose, residential and industrial), etc. Data collection may be in the form of a physical inspection, in-person or phone interview, by mail-in questionnaire or survey or using electronic data available through photos, land titles, etc. The MGA also states an owner has a “Duty to provide information” to the Assessor when it’s requested or he/she may not be able to make a complaint pertaining to that assessment. Your assessment is only as accurate as the information provided to, or gathered by the Assessor when requested.

If you’ve recently purchased the property the Assessor may also ask for information about the sale to determine if it can be used as an indication of typical market conditions. This may include asking: What the use of the property was at the time of sale? Was it serviced? Was it purchased from a family member or an inheritance? Was there any personal property (e.g. appliances) included? Have there been any changes to the property since the sale?

An Assessment is the estimated value of your property for the purpose of providing a basis for a municipality to levy a property tax. You may make a complaint in regards to your assessment.

Taxes are the amount of money a municipality collects from each assessed person in order to pay expenditures and transfers set out in its annual budget and as well as pay any others requisitions allowed by the Act (i.e. Alberta School Foundation Fund, School Boards, Subsidized Seniors housing, etc.). You may NOT make a complaint against your taxes.

The information on this site is a summary of the applicable legislative requirements contained in the Municipal Government Act, The Regulations, and the Minister’s Guidelines. For further information on these Statutes and Procedural Guides please go to Alberta Municipal Affairs Website:

https://www.alberta.ca/Municipal-property-assessment-and-taxation-Legislation.aspx

The Municipal Affairs website also contains general information for property owners about assessment in Alberta, including links to the “Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta”, Assessment Complaints and Appeals, Publications, and Reports.

Or you may contact Alberta Municipal Affairs by phone, fax or mail

https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-property-assessment-and-taxation-overview.aspx

at the following address:

Alberta Municipal Affairs
Assessment Services Branch
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5J 4L4

Phone: (780) 427-1377

Dial 310-0000 for toll-free connection

Fax: (780) 422-3110

 Assessment Services Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs hours of operation are 8:15 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.