Property Taxes

Click here to download the 2017 Assessment List.

Click here to download the 2016 Assessment List.

Click here to download the 2015 Assessment List.

Click here to download the 2014 Assessment List.

Click here to download the 2013 Assessment List.

Click here to download the 2012 Assessment List.

Click here to download the Compliance Review form (LGS1408)

What Are Property Taxes? 
Property taxes are local taxes. Local officials appraise and set the value of your property, set your tax rates and collect your taxes.

What is property assessment?
Property assessment is the process of assigning a dollar value to a property for taxation purposes.  In Alberta property is taxed based on the ad valorem principle.  Ad velorem means "according to value."  This means that the amount of tax paid is based on the value of the property.  Assessments on properties are completed in January and February by our contract Property Assessor, Wayne Lamb from Benchmark Consultants 403-381-0535.

When will I receive my property assessment and tax notice?
Property assessment and tax notices are mailed in May of the current tax year.

What are my tax dollars used for?
Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for municipalities.  Property taxes are used to finance local programs and services, such as:

Garbage collection
Water and sewer services
Road construction and maintenance
Parks and leisure facilities
Police and fire protection
Seniors' lodges
Education

The municipality is responsible for ensuring that each property owner pays his or her share of taxes.  Property assessment is the method used to distribute the tax burden among property owners in a municipality.

Who pays property tax?
All owners of taxable real estate located within the province. This includes businesses, farmers, and individuals.

Your municipal taxes are calculated using the following formula: 

   Assessment x Municipal Tax Rate = Property Tax

When are my taxes due?
Taxes are due every year on June 30th.  
The tax amount on your Assessment and Tax Notice is for taxes levied from January to December of the current year. 

Where do my taxes go?
Your Assessment and Tax Notice includes three separate tax levies taxed at different rates that make up your Total Property Taxes:

 1.       Municipal Levy - This amount is paid directly to the Town of Pincher Creek and pays for municipal infrastructure, facilities, service and programs.

 2.       School Levy - This amount is collected by the Town of Pincher Creek and paid directly to Province of Alberta, for maintenance and development of the school system.  The amount of school funds paid by each municipality is based on population and the tax base.  All municipalities must collect and forward these funds to the Province.

 3.       Senior Housing - This amount is collected by the Town of Pincher Creek and paid directly to the Pincher Creek Foundation and helps pay for senior housing in our area.  If applicable, all municipalities must collect and forward these funds.


What if I am late paying my taxes?

You have until June 30th to pay your current taxes without penalty.   Any account not paid in full as of July 1st will be penalized 12% of the current outstanding balance.

If taxes are not paid by January 1st of the following year, an additional 10% will be applied to the total outstanding balance.

What if I disagree with my property assessment?
If you disagree with your property assessment, you have 60 days from the date of mailing to appeal your assessment through the Town of Pincher Creek Assessment Review Board (ARB). 

Customer Review Steps:

Step 1: ask yourself the following:
a. Is the market value assessment of my property a reasonable estimate as of July 1, of the previous year?
b. Are the factual details that the Town has on record for my property correct*?
c. Is my assessment equitable when compared with others in my neighborhood?
*Corrections to the name or address of the assessed person(s) or their school support status may be made without filing a complaint. Contact the Town of Pincher Creek Tax Department at 403-627-3156 or reception@pinchercreek.ca

Step 2: If you have questions, contact the Assessor, Wayne Lamb at 403-381-0535.

Step 3: If you are still not satisfied with the assessment or explanation from the assessor you have the right to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board.

Filing a Complaint:
Your complaint may be about any of the following, as shown on the Assessment Notice:

Assessment amount
Assessment Class
Assessment sub-class
The type of property
The type of improvement
Whether the property or business is assessable
Whether the property or business is exempt from taxation
Description of a property or business*
School Support Declaration*
Name or mailing address of an assessed person or taxpayer*

* You can correct this information without filing a complaint by emailing details to mailto:reception@pinchercreek.caor faxing to 403-627-4784.

A complaint form and/or assessment complaints agent authorization form may be downloaded from:
http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/mc_assessment_complaints_and_appeals.cfm

Alternately, contact the Town Office at 403-627-3156 to have a form forwarded to you.

The assessment review board cannot hear complaints about the amount of property taxes or tax rates.  Assessment review boards cannot change the tax rates or the services provided by the municipality.  If a property owner has specific concerns about these issues, he or she may discuss them with the municipality's administration or council.

Appeal fees:
Single Family Residential = $50
Multi-family Residential (more than 3 units) = $500
Non-Residential (Commercial) = $500
*If your appeal is successful, your money will be refunded

For more information about assessment complaints and appeals please visit Municipal Affairs website.

What are the Taxation Rates for the Town of Pincher Creek?

  • 2011  rates   ... Residential: 11.1106    Non-Residential: 13.7005
  • 2012  rates   ... Residential: 11.8714    Non-Residential: 14.3740
  • 2013  rates   ... Residential: 12.3765    Non-Residential: 15.1123

Can I pay in installments throughout the year instead of one lump sum?
Many people prefer to take advantage of our Monthly Tax Installation Payment Program (TIPP).  Here’s how it works:

  • The most recent tax levy on your property is divided by 12 months
  • From January to June we debit your account for this amount
  • In May you will receive your Tax/Assessment Notice showing the actual levy for the current year and the adjusted amount you will pay on TIPP starting with your July payment

You may sign up for this program by December 15th of the year prior to deductions being taken out.  Exceptions may be made to the above deadline by contacting the Town Office or you can download the application here which you will need to drop off at the Town Office.

 

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