Property Assessment

Assessment Operations 

  • Provide fair, equitable and accurate market value-based valuations for all property in the County and assessments for business owners.
  • Provide accurate and timely annual, amended and supplementary assessment notices.
  • Communicates with rate payers and responds to inquiries to ensure account accuracy.
  • Addresses outstanding issues directly with rate payers and participates in the Assessment Review Board process.

Property Assessment 

Property assessment is the process of placing a dollar value on property for taxation purposes.

Provincial Legislation requires that:

An annual market value assessment be prepared for all residential and non-residential properties. The valuation date is July 1 of the year preceding the tax year. The real estate market establishes the market value of your property; we simply measure it.
The condition of the property be recorded. The condition date is December 31 of the year preceding the tax year. The condition of the property is determined through property inspections and residential requests for information.

Your property characteristics are measured against other properties that have sold, to calculate a market value. Characteristics such as location, age, size and others are all considered. Review and confirm your property characteristics or compare to other properties by using our assessment mapping tool.


Supplementary Assessment

Supplementary assessment is the assessed value of any new construction that has been completed or occupied during the calendar year and was not included in your annual tax notice.  Important bylaws include Supplementary Assessment Bylaw which authorizes the assessment and Property Tax Penalty Bylaw which sets payment deadlines for supplemental taxation.

Understanding Your Property Assessment

  • How do I know my property assessment is a reasonable market value estimate and how does it compare to other similar properties?

    Your property characteristics are measured against other properties that have sold, to calculate a market value. Characteristics such as location, age, size, quality, and others are all considered. You can confirm your property characteristics or compare other properties, by using our Sturgeon Gateway Property Viewer.

    Alternatively, an Assessor is available to answer your questions via phone at 780-939-0601.

  • How are taxes calculated

    Tax rates are determined based on the financial budgetary requirements to deliver services for County residents. A simplified tax rate calculation is illustrated as follows:

    Budget requirements divided by the assessment base

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    The tax rate.

  • What do I get for my property taxes

    Property taxes fund the delivery of most services in a municipality such as protective services, family and community services, transportation (examples: road maintenance and buildings), planning and development, as well as general operations.  In Sturgeon County, one cent of every dollar collected is also directed towards the County’s Seniors Housing Foundation. Municipalities also collect the provincial Education Tax that funds Alberta’s provincial education system.

    Breakdown for Every Property Tax Dollar ($1.00)

    Residential Tax Dollar Non-Residential Tax Dollar
    Sturgeon County services, programs and administration 0.59 0.74
    Sturgeon County Seniors Foundation 0.01 0.01
    Provincial Education Tax 0.40 0.25
    Per Property Tax Dollar $1.00 $1.00
  • What is supplementary assessment?

    Supplementary assessments provide equity amongst property owners by capturing the increased value of properties that were only partially completed on December 31, of the year prior to the current tax year, and have since become completed or occupied. The value gained is applied on a prorated basis and applies only when new construction is completed, occupied, or when a project begins its operational function during the current tax year.

    When new construction is completed or becomes occupied, the owners receive municipal services and the supplementary assessment contributes towards equitable distribution of the costs to provide those services.

    An example scenario: the annual assessment for a 60% completed home on December 31 is $100,000 and an assessor inspects on May 15th, determines the home is lived in or completed, and its completed value is $160,000. Then the homeowner will receive a supplementary assessment for $60,000 from June 1 to Dec 31 of the current tax year where the owner would be responsible for a prorated assessment of $35,000 [($60k/12) * (7 months) = $35,000] and would pay taxes on that assessment amount.

  • Why are my taxes different than my neighbours? (Rural and within a Sub-division)

    Tax rates are set by Council and are applied equally to all properties based on their use (residential, non-residential, machinery and equipment, etc.).

    • Assessed values take the age, quality, condition and use of the property into account. Since no two properties are identical, any variance in the above factors will affect how your property is valued and respectively taxed. (R) (S)
    • Assessments are based on the available descriptive data of a home. Owners are encouraged to review this information and discuss any discrepancies with assessors. (R) (S)
    • Rural properties receive exemptions based on the amount of farmland owned. These exemptions may vary from one parcel to another. It is important to note that exemptions are not automatically applied and should be discussed with your local assessor. (R)
    • Buildings on rural parcels are often exempted from taxes if they are being used for farming operations. Farm building exemptions vary between parcels and directly affect how a parcel is taxed. These exemptions are not automatically applied and should be discussed with your local assessor. (R)

Assessment Inquiries

If you have questions about your assessment, enter an assessment inquiry and an assessor will contact you.

If you have discussed your assessment details with an assessor and you feel that your assessment is incorrect you may file a written assessment complaint to the Assessment Review Board.

Digital Property Survey

The digital property is a survey sent to property owners to supplement our annual re-inspection program or when a property transfers to a new owner. The survey provides an efficient way for owners to provide property information.

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The Assessment department sends out requests for information to select areas throughout the year.

There are two options to complete the survey:

Need Help?

Contact us via phone or email.

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