Taxation & Assessment

Property Tax Payment Information

Property taxes are mailed out before the end of May with a due date of June 30, 2021. In response to COVID-19 and the financial burdens, Town Council has approved waiving tax penalties for 3 months. This will allow tax payers additional time to pay in full by September 30 the without  being penalized. The waiver of property taxes only applies to current year taxes and does not  apply to tax arrears. Penalties on arrears will be charged at a rate of 1.5% each month the tax  arrears remain unpaid. 

Those who are able to pay their taxes as normally scheduled are encouraged to do so. Municipal property taxes are required to fund essential services such as  police, fire, roads, parks and recreation, and infrastructure amongst many other services.

Payments can be made in the following ways:

Town Office: Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit during business hours, weekdays from  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All cheques must be payable to the Town of Coaldale. Cheques are  considered conditional payment until honoured and penalties will apply for any dishonoured payment. All payments will be applied firstly to arrears of taxes and secondly to current taxes. A drop box is available at the front door of the Town office, 1920-17 Street, for payments made after hours. Cash is not a recommended payment method through the drop box.

Financial Institutions, Online and/or Telephone Banking: Payments can be made online, in-person, or via telephone. From your financial institution’s online banking site, locate the Town of Coaldale (taxes) as the payee and your tax roll number as the account number. To avoid late fees, please allow sufficient time to process your payment as the Town of Coaldale will credit your account the day we receive payment. This may take 3-5 business days.

Mail: Payments can be to the Town of Coaldale, 1920-17 Street, Coaldale, AB, T1M 1M1. The effective  date of payment will be the date of the postmark by Canada Post. If this is absent or illegible, the effective date of payment will be the actual date of receipt by the Town of Coaldale. The imprint of a postage meter is not acceptable proof of the date of mailing. It is not recommended to mail cash as payment.

TIPP-Tax Installment Payment Plan: Plan: Monthly penalty-exempt pre-authorized property tax payment plans are available. Persons using this plan will make 12 equal monthly payments instead of one annual lump sum payment on the tax due date. Applications are accepted for the TIPP program up to and including May 31 of each year. For additional information please contact the Tax Specialist at 403-345-1317.

Here you’ll find information on municipal property assessment and taxation in the Town of Coaldale, including assessment rules and procedures, downloadable forms and contact information.

The Basics:

  • The Town of Coaldale sets its residential and commercial mill rate each spring;
  • Tax notices are mailed out before the end of May;
  • Taxes are due on September 30 and can be paid monthly using our Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPP);
  • If your mailing address changes, you are required to update your address with the  Land Titles Office before the municipality can make any changes. Forms can be found here.
  • Non-receipt of your property tax bill does not exempt you from late payment penalties. If you have not received your property tax bill please phone the Town Office at 403-345-1300.
  • When you purchase a property, adjustments for taxes are made between the vendor and purchaser.

Have questions? View the 2021 Tax Brochure for more information.

Please contact the Town office at 403-345-1300 with questions about your property taxes.

How your municipal tax bill is determined:

The amount you pay in municipal property tax is determined by two primary factors: property assessment and mill rate.

  • Property assessment, simply defined, is the determination of the market value of a residential or commercial property. The Government of Alberta mandates that an independent, registered and impartial firm determine the assessment value of a property. The Town of Coaldale has no role in the process or determination of a property’s assessment.
  • The mill rate is defined by the amount of tax owed per (one) thousand dollars of property value. Once the market value of a property is established, a mill rate is applied to that property’s assessment to determine what is owed in taxes each year. In Coaldale, as with most other municipalities, there is a separate mill rate for residential and commercial properties.
  • A Recreation Tax Levy will apply to each developed residential parcel of land within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Coaldale, at a rate of $120 per developed residential parcel of land. This special recreation tax levy will fund the design and construction of a recreation facility within the Town of Coaldale.

Below is a summary of the 2021 property tax mill rates and how they compare to 2020. Town Council approved a 0% municipal tax increase as part of the 2021 Operating Budget. In order to implement a 0% tax increase, the municipal tax rate is adjusted for average market inflation/deflation.

2020 - 2021 tax rate comparison table

Coaldale’s Property Tax Mill Rate

The Town of Coaldale is required by legislation to collect additional taxes from property owners on behalf of the Government of Alberta and the Green Acres Foundation. The taxes owed from these levies are not subject to control or review by the Town of Coaldale; the proportion a taxpayer owes to each category is based upon a separate mill rate established by the Province that the Town collects on the Government of Alberta’s behalf.

2021 Property Tax Bylaw

2021 Supplementary Tax Bylaw

2021 Special Tax Bylaw

 

Assessment Appeal Process

Prior to filing a written complaint, taxpayers are encouraged to contact Benchmark Assessment Consultants Ltd. The assessor can review your assessment with you. If the assessor determines an error has been made, your assessment will be revised. 

If after talking with the assessor, you feel your concerns are not satisfied, you may file a formal complaint with the Assessment Review Board on or before the final date for complaint indicated on your assessment notice. A written complaint explaining why you feel your assessment is incorrect, along with the appropriate filing fee must be submitted to the Town of Coaldale. The information required to file a complaint, along with a fee schedule is stated on your assessment notice. Download the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form.

If you are appealing your assessment notice, your taxes must still be paid in full by the due date to avoid incurring penalties.

For more information about your property assessment, contact Benchmark Assessments at 403-381-0535.

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

For information about the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program, contact Alberta Supports Contract Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992. Information can also be found online at www.seniors.alberta.ca/seniors/property-tax-deferral.html.

Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP)

The Town of Coaldale’s Tax Installment Payment Plan, also known as TIPP, allows Town residents to pay their property taxes in monthly installments by pre-authorized transfer of funds from their bank account, rather than in one single tax payment. Find all you need to know about TIPP, including an application form, by downloading the Coaldale TIPP document.

School Support Declarations

If you wish to declare your support for a particular school board, you can print out the following form and submit it to the Town of Coaldale.

School Support Notice

Assessment Roll

Check out Coaldale's upgraded interactive webmap! The updated software now offers residents the opportunity to directly access information about anything in town, from land use districts to utility location services and – most recently – assessment information.