Assessment & Taxation

Assessment & Taxation

As with all municipalities, the property tax is one revenue source for the Town. Property taxes and assessment are an important part of property ownership. Taxes help to ensure the citizens of Barrhead have excellent services that contribute to a quality lifestyle. Property taxes provide the Town with the funds it needs to deliver the many day-to-day services and programs that citizens need, want and deserve - including: 
  • road construction and infrastructure maintenance
  • parks, leisure facilities, and programs
  • emergency services
  • and so much more
The Combined Assessment and Property Tax Notices for the Town of Barrhead are mailed out annually at the end of April or beginning of May and are due annually by the end of June or beginning of July. If you did not receive your notice, or have questions that have not been answered by the information posted below, we are happy to assist you by 780-674-3301 or town@barrhead.ca

 2018 Tax Rates Residential  Non-Residential 
 Municipal Tax Rate 8.22750  13.84050 
 Aquatic Centre Debenture 0.57110  0.57110 
 Education - Alberta School Foundation Fund Tax Rate 2.62280  3.62960 
 Barrhead & District Social Housing 0.11440  0.11440 
 Total Tax Rates  11.53580 18.15560 

 

Council reviews these rates annually and makes adjustments as needed. For this year's Property Tax By-law visit our By-laws Page.

To see how the Town of Barrhead taxation compares to other municipalities, visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs Maps & Statistics section of their website. 

Taxes are due annually on June 30, or if June 30 falls on a weekend, the following regular business day. For your convenience, we accept payment through the following methods:
  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Money order
  • Internet banking
  • Telephone banking
  • Cheque dated no later than the applicable due date
All methods of payment, specific due dates, and penalties are governed by the Property Tax By-law and the Municipal Government Act.
 

TIP Program (Tax Istallment Plan)

About The Plan
The Town of Barrhead offers a Property Tax Installment Plan for property owners. This option allows property owners to make 12 monthly installment payments at no additional cost and is governed by The Property Tax Installment Bylaw 09-2001.

Payments can be made by:
  • Post-dated Cheques
  • Automatic Withdrawals
Payments begin January 15 every year. All registration and documentation must be submitted 2 business days prior to that date. Submissions will not be accepted after January 15.

Existing Plan Members
If you've already registered, you will remain registered for the next year unless written notice is received that you would like to cancel your enrollment. If you pay by post-dated cheque, they must be submitted to the Town Office every year before the registration deadline. If you wish to change your method of payment, we are happy to assist you. Contact us at 780-674-3301 or town@barrhead.ca.

Payment Penalties

Before Tax Deadline
No fees or interest apply if all current year's taxes and any outstanding tax balances are paid prior to the due date.

After Tax Deadline and before December 31 of the same year
A 12% penalty is applied to all unpaid current year taxes unless enrolled in the TIP Program.

After December 31
An additional 12% penalty is applied to all outstanding taxes and related costs that remain outstanding after December 31.



Passing of the 2018 Property Tax By-law 04-2018 April 10, 2018
Mailing of your 2018 Combined Assessment & Tax Notice April 26, 2018 
Notice of Assessment Date May 4, 2018 
Payment Deadline for 2018 Property Taxes (For property owners not enrolled in the TIP Program) July 3, 2018 
Deadline for Filing a Property Assessment Appeal July 3, 2018
Late Payment Penalty of 12% Applied to Unpaid Current Year Taxes July 4, 2018 
Late Payment Penalty of 12% Applied to All Outstanding Taxes Remaining After December 31 January 2, 2019

A Tax Certificate is a legal document from the Town of Barrhead indicating the financial status of taxes for a particular property. The certificate indicates whether taxes for a specific property are paid, in arrears, or paid via the Town of Barrhead's monthly installment plan. 

Tax Certificates may be required by individuals, law firms, or financial institutions when a property is being sold, refinanced or as a verification of paid taxes. 

Tax Certificates cost $25 and may be purchased by submitting a written request. Requests can be faxed, emailed, or mailed and must include:

  • Legal Address or Civic Address of the property in question.
  • Contact information for the individual or firm requesting the Tax Certificate.

Assessment Concerns

The Town of Barrhead's assessors make every effort to accurately assess your property. If there is an error in your property's information or if some features are incorrect, an assessor is able to make a correction and send you an amended assessment notice.

It is advised that property owners discuss any concerns about their assessment with the Town of Barrhead prior to filing a complaint. We can arrange for an assessor to contact you to discuss your concerns. If after discussing your property assessment with the assessor you still feel your property assessment doesn't reflect what your property would have sold for in the open market, you are able to file an appeal as per the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

To File an Assessment Appeal

The Government of Alberta introduced a single system of assessment complaints for the entire province in 2010.  Some processes have changed.  The Town of Barrhead is entered into a contract with Capital Region Assessment Services Commission (CRASC) to provide assessment complaint services in 2018.  A complaint must be submitted using the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form and must adhere to the following:

  • Made on or before the final date of complaint indicated on your Combined Assessment and Property Tax Notice
  • Be accompanied by a filing fee, made payable to the Town of Barrhead
  • Include two copies of your submission for residential assessments or three copies for non-residential assessments
  • A completed Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form if you hire someone to represent you 
All documentation and applicable fees must be received by the Town Office at Box 4189, Barrhead, Alberta, T7N 1A2 prior to the Appeal Deadline of July 3, 2018 for the Complaint to be considered.

Filing Fees 

Residential 3 or fewer and farmland

$50.00

Residential 4 or more dwellings

Variable (as noted below)

 

Assessed Value of up to $249,999

$200.00

 

Assessed Value of between $250,00 to $499,999

$400.00

 

Assessed Value that exceeds $500,000

$650.00

Non-Residential

Variable (as noted below)

 

Assessed Value of up to $249,999

$200.00

 

Assessed Value of between $250,00 to $499,999

$400.00

 

Assessed Value that exceeds $500,000

$650.00

NOTE:  If your appeal is successful or you withdraw your assessment complaint prior to the Assessment Review Board Hearing, your filing fee will be refunded as per Section 481(2) of the Municipal Government Act.


If I file an Assessment Complaint do I still need to pay my taxes prior to the due date?

YES.  A complaint against your assessed property value does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties.  If your appeal is successful the adjustment will be applied to your tax roll.