Assessment Review Board

 What is the Assessment Review Board?

The Assessment Review Board is an independent tribunal that hears complaints relating to property assessments made by Sturgeon County, and renders decisions based on the evidence presented. The Assessment Review Board is independent from Sturgeon County and is comprised of citizen members.


What if I don't agree with my assessment?

If you feel your assessment is not fair when compared to similar properties or you suspect an error, it is recommended that you first discuss your property assessment with an assessor for an explanation of how your assessment was prepared. The assessor can explain your assessment to you and correct any errors.

Please contact Assessment Services at 780-939-0601 or assessmentservices@sturgeoncounty.ca to be referred to the assessor for your area. If you still feel like your property assessment is incorrect, you are able to file an appeal within 60 days from the date your assessment notice was mailed to you.


How do I file a complaint?

 A complaint must be submitted in accordance with Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act .

Complete the Complaint Form and submit it the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board in person, by mail, email or fax. Please allow time for delivery if filing by mail.

An Assessment Review Board (ARB) must not hear any matter in support of an issue that is not identified on the complaint form. The reasons for a complaint must indicate the following:

  • What information shown on an assessment notice or tax notice is incorrect;
  • In what respect the information is incorrect, including identifying the specific issues related to the incorrect information that are to be decided by the ARB, and the grounds in support of these issues;
  • Provide the information you believe to be correct;
  • If the complaint relates to an assessment, the requested assessed value.

An agent making a complaint on behalf of an assessed person must also file a completed Agent Authorization Form.

Note: An agent means a person or company who for a fee or potential fee acts for an assessed person or taxpayer during the assessment complaint process or at a hearing before an Assessment Review Board or the Municipal Government Board. Both the Complaint Form and Agent Authorization Forms are also available at Sturgeon County Centre.

Complaint Deadline:

July 25, 2017 is the last date to file a complaint regarding your 2016 Property Assessment Notice.

Complaints filed late or without the required fee are invalid.

Filing Fees:

Your assessment notice indicates your filing fee. This fee will be refunded if a change is made to your assessment by either the County assessor or the Board. The fees are listed below, by property type.

 Property Type Fee 
 Farm (parcel containing farmland assessment only) $25.00/Roll Number
 Residential property (for residential and farm combined) $50.00/Roll Number 
Non-Residential (includes Machinery & Equipment) $500.00/Roll Number 
Multi-Family Development (more than 3 dwelling units) $500.00/Roll Number 
 Combined residential & commercial / industrial property $75.00/Roll Number 
 Other property assessed for a total of less than $2,000,000 $100.00/Roll Number 
 Other property assessed for a total of more than $2,000,000 $200.00/Roll Number 

Payments Accepted:

• In person: By cheque

• By mail: Cheques only (make your cheque payable to Sturgeon County)

For More Information:

Sturgeon County Centre 
9613 100 St.
Morinville, AB  
T8R 1L9
Telephone: (780) 939-8377  
Fax: (780) 939-3003
Email: legislativeservices@sturgeoncounty.ca

F.A.Q. Assessment Review Board Disclosure & Evidence

A disclosure package is your evidence and it contains all of the documents that you are going to use at the hearing to prove your case.
Evidence is whatever you will use to prove your case. Several kinds of evidence can be presented. Here are some examples:
Documents - sales data, repair estimates, assessments and information from other similar properties, appraisals, etc.
Oral testimony - a witness provides information and answers questions in person
Visuals – photographs (inside and out) and maps • Chart that compares characteristics and values from your property with the other properties
Any other documents, pictures or maps (for example, a signed witness statement) that support your position
Affidavits or other statements - a witness’s evidence given to the board in writing. Letters or a statement made under oath or solemn affirmation (affidavit)
Expert evidence - experts have specialized knowledge because of their education or experience. You will need enough evidence to convince the Board that your assessment is not a fair estimate of the market value of your property.
Your assessment should reflect:
                                  o What your property may have sold for in an open market on July 1 of the previous year (valuation date)
                                  o The condition of your property on December 31 of the previous year (condition date)
You must provide your disclosure package to the ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD and the RESPONDENT by the disclosure deadline. You can find the deadline on the Notice of Hearing document that we will mail to you. If you miss the disclosure deadline, then the Board may not allow you to present your evidence.
Yes, you must provide copies to the ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD and to the RESPONDENT by the disclosure deadline. When making its decision, the Board must disregard any materials that were not disclosed to all parties.
The Board may not allow you to use any of your evidence.
You are required to bring 7 copies of your evidence to the hearing.
The market value of your property comes from sales of comparable properties in your neighbourhood. Comparable properties are those that are similar to your house in size, age, house type and other characteristics and are based on the market value as of July 1 of the previous year.