Property Assessment and Tax Notices are mailed out in the month of May and are due and payable on the last business day in June. Failure to receive a tax notice doesn’t alleviate property from property taxation. If you don’t receive a property tax notice by May 31, 2022, please contact our office.
If your address has changed and you have not notified our office previously, please do so immediately by calling 780-523-5955, faxing us at 780-523-4227, e-mailing [email protected] or sending a letter to Big Lakes County, PO Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0. It is important that you also contact Land Titles to update your address; it will also update our system.
Remittance should be made payable to BIG LAKES COUNTY by accepted bank cheque, bank draft or money order. Cheques and bank drafts must be payable in Canadian funds. The postmark will determine date of payment. Property Taxes cannot be paid by credit card.
Payments can be made at the County Office, Hamlet of Kinuso, or online. Please provide remittance slip when paying at Branch.
Municipalities are not required to provide property tax receipts unless requested by the taxpayer. If you would like a receipt for taxes, please call or email our office.
Big Lakes County
PO Box 239
High Prairie, AB
Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP)
TIPP allows you to pay your property taxes on a monthly basis instead of one payment in June. Payments will be withdrawn from your bank account automatically through a pre-authorized withdrawal. TIPP makes budgeting easier on your pocketbook and eliminates the risk of penalties; if your TIPP is in good standing, new penalties will not be applied. Call our office you if have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Municipalities raise funds for public services in various ways – including grant funding and user fees. However, taxes have long been a mainstay of municipal revenues and will continue to play an important role. These revenues are needed to sustain operations, infrastructure, and programs.
The primary means for municipalities to raise revenues is through property taxes. Property taxation is the process of applying a tax/mill rate to an assessed value of property to generate revenue. Rates differ among municipalities in light of various factors such as levels of services provided, the ratio of residential to commercial development, and council priorities.
Each year during the budgetary process, council approves the amount of expense required to operate the municipality. From this amount they subtract revenues. The remainder represents the amount of money needed to be raised by property taxes.
The amount of money needed is divided by the total value off all the assessed property in the municipality and multiplied by 1,000 to decide the tax rate known as the “mill rate.”
‘Tax Rate’ and ‘Mill Rate’ are often used interchangeably. The tax rate is the number that is multiplied by each property’s assessed value to determine property taxes – usually expressed in four to six decimal places, ex. 0.008437.
This tool is used to estimate your property taxes for 2022.
- The Tax Rate Bylaw is passed annually by Council in May of each year.
- The tax rate is based on the annual operating budget and tax support requirements.
- Property taxes are calculated using the assessment of your property:
The Assessed Value is determined by our independent assessment company, Compass Assessments. The Total Tax Rate is set by Big Lakes County, the Province, and other tax authorities. The Tax Payable is to be paid by the taxpayer.
Penalties apply to any unpaid portion of property taxes. Penalties will be levied on unpaid accounts on the following dates:
- July 1, 2022 – 7.5% penalty
- February1, 2022 – 14.5% penalty
Property owners cannot appeal tax rates, but they can appeal the assessed value of their property. For more information on filing assessment complaints, please visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Ratepayers can now view their basic assessment information on their property (“Ratepayer Summary”). Click here for more details.
Big Lakes County’s 2021 municipal tax rates are included in the table below – note that these rates exclude school and seniors’ requisitions where applicable. For more information, please see the County’s 2021 tax by-law.
|Property Type||Tax Rate|
|Machinery & Equipment||15.456%|
|School – Residential||2.5247%|
|School – Non-Residential||4.3736%|
It is very important that Land Titles has your correct mailing address. If they do not have a correct address they cannot notify you of any changes to your certificate of title, such as liens, caveats, and tax notifications.
Failure to receive your Tax Notice is not sufficient reason for not paying your property taxes on time. Penalties will incur as per tax rate penalty bylaw.
Request a Tax Certificate
A Tax Certificate is a legal document from Big Lakes County indicating the financial status of taxes for a particular property. The certificate indicates whether taxes and utilities for a specific property are paid, or in arrears.
Tax Certificates may be required by law firms or financial institutions when a property is being sold, refinanced or as a verification of paid taxes.
Tax Certificates cost $35 each and may be requested by filling out the following form: