Taxes are due on June 30 and your property taxes are based on the calendar year. TIPP program begins every January. We accept postdated cheques or you can sign up for pre authorized withdrawals. You can also pay with online banking.

What can I do if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?

Disagreements about assessed values are almost always solved with a simple phone call to the Town’s Assessor (Morgan Strate at Benchmark Assessment Consultants Inc.) at 403-381-0535.

The assessor will be pleased to review your assessment with you. If the Assessor finds that an error has been made, your assessment will be revised.

What if I still disagree with the assessment or with the tax classification of my property?

If you still disagree with your assessment, you may file a formal complaint with the Town’s Assessment Review Board.

Assessment Complaints:

If you believe your own or any other assessment is unfair or incorrect you may file a written complaint to the Town of Magrath Assessment Review Board. The Assessment Review Board has the authority to review most assessments and can direct the assessor to make amendments if necessary. Its function is to hear evidence and decide whether your property is assessed on a fair and equitable basis.

Pursuant to Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA):

• A complaint must be in writing and accompanied by the fee set by Council

• A complaint must explain why the complainant thinks that information shown on an assessment is incorrect.

• A complaint must include the mailing address of the complainant.

Please note:

Your complaint must be made by 4:00 pm on or before the final date for complaint shown on the front of this notice. Your complaint must be accompanied by a fee as determined by Bylaw 1036 Assessment Review Board Bylaw. The fee is refundable if your complaint is successful in reducing your assessment.

A complaint against your assessed property value does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties. If a complaint is successful, the adjustment will be applied to the tax roll. Refund requests must be made in writing.

Required Forms:

The required forms for an assessment complaint can be found at the Town Office. An assessed person is entitled to see or receive sufficient information about the person’s property in accordance with Section 299 of the Act or a summary of an assessment in accordance with Section 300 of the Act, or both.

Filing a Complaint About An Assessment

• You have 60 days to complain following the mailing date of your assessment notice.

• Complaint Form and Agent Authorization forms must be used and filled out completely.

• When filing a complaint, ensure your complaint form includes all reasons for the complaint and the required complaint fees.

• Additional publications and forms are available on the Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

• The Assessment Review Board is established by Assessment Review Board Bylaw

• Board decisions are final and binding. They can only be appealed in certain circumstances to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.


Timelines for Disclosure of Evidence:

 

Complainant Disclosure

Respondent Disclosure

Complainant Rebuttal

Local Assessment Review Board (LARB)*

At least 21 days before the hearing date

At least 7 days before the hearing date

At least 3 days before the hearing date

Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB)**

At least 42 days before the hearing date

At least 14 days before the hearing date

At least 7 days before the hearing date


* Local Assessment Review Board – hears matters shown on assessment notice for residential property with three or less dwellings and farmland** Composite Assessment Review Board – hears all other matters


ASSESSMENT COMPLAINTS MUST BE RETURNED TO:

Town of Magrath

55 South 1 Street West

Box 520

Magrath, Alberta

T0K 1J0


Attention: Carolyn Law, Assessment Review Board Clerk