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Property Tax Bill Coming Your Way

May 20, 2011

The City of Edmonton has mailed out more than 300,000 property tax notices this week.  

“The property tax bills are mailed every year at this time,” says Rod Risling, Manager of the Assessment and Taxation Branch. “Property owners will need to watch for their annual tax bill so they can be sure to pay it on time or make sure they are on the monthly payment plan.”

The deadline for paying taxes on all properties is June 30. The exception is those property owners who are on the monthly payment plan.

Tax bills can be paid at most financial institutions, by telephone, internet banking, in person or by mail (unless there is a postal disruption). Property owners can apply for the convenient monthly plan to spread the tax bill over equal monthly instalments by automatic bank withdrawal.

Those who do not receive their City of Edmonton Property Tax Notice by June 1 should contact the City at 780-496-6366 or by email to taxinquiry@edmonton.ca. Failure to receive a tax notice is not sufficient reason for late payment or non-payment; penalties will be applied after June 30.

Property taxes includes municipal and provincial education taxes

The City of Edmonton will collect a total of $1.3 billion in property taxes this year of which $354 million is provincial education tax.

“Your final tax bill includes municipal and provincial education taxes,” adds Risling. “The municipal portion of your bill pays for civic services such as police, fire rescue, public transit, road maintenance, recreation and parks.”

The total amount on each tax bill is based on each property’s assessed value as of July 1, 2010. Property owners received their assessment notice in January. The assessment review period and the opportunity to file a complaint on assessments for 2011 taxes ended in March.

“By paying property taxes,” concludes Risling, “citizens and property owners are contributing to Edmonton’s financial stability. Property taxes provide about 53 per cent of the revenue needed for the operating budget. Other revenues come from licence and permit fees, utility and user fees, fines, grants and investment earnings.”

 

For more information:

Rod Risling

Title Manager, Assessment and Taxation
Telephone

780-496-5000