Assessment & Taxes

2022 Combined Assessment and Tax Notice

Take notice that the combined tax and assessment notices were mailed to all property owners in the Village of Myrnam on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022.  In accordance with Section 311 of the Municipal Government Act, Chapter 26, RSA 2000, all persons are deemed to have received their combined tax and assessment notices as a result of this notice.  The Assessment Roll is open for inspection at the Village Office, 5007 – 50th Street, Myrnam, Alberta, from 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday at $5.00 per roll. 

If you disagree with the assessed value of your property, it is first recommended that you contact the Chief Administrative Officer to confirm the assessed value is correct.  If the assessed value is correct, the next step is to contact the Village of Myrnam Assessor, Larry James of Wainwright Assessment Ltd., at 780-842-5002.  If you disagree with the Assessor, and you wish to file complaint(s) to the Assessment Review Board, you must, by Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, lodge your complaint(s) in writing to the Clerk of The Assessment Review Board, Village of Myrnam – 5007 50th Street, Box 278 Myrnam, AB T0B 3K0, along with the appropriate fee ($50 Residential – $100 Non-Residential, Commercial). Your complaint must be completed on Assessment Review Complaint Form (LGS1402) which is available at the Village Office or online at https://www.alberta.ca/property-assessment-complaints-and-appeals.aspx.  Forms that are incomplete, are submitted after the filing deadline, or are not accompanied with the fee will be considered invalid.

2022 Property taxes are due and payable on or before July 31st, 2022.

Elsie Kiziak, Chief Administrative Officer

Assessment Guides and Forms:

Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta

LGS1402 Assessment Review Board Complaint Form

Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form

Compliance Review Form

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, Gary Barber of Wainwright Assessment Group.

When will I receive my property assessment and tax notice?

Property assessment and tax notices are mailed at the end of May or into early June 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 administration, and 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 * Municipal Tax Rate = Property Tax

When are my taxes due?

2021 Taxes are due Thursday, July 15th. 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 Village of Myrnam and pays for municipal infrastructure, facilities, service, and programs.
  2. School Levy – This amount is collected by the Village of Myrnam 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 the population and the tax base. All municipalities must collect and forward these funds to the Province.
  3. Eaglehill Foundation – This amount is collected by the Village of Myrnam and paid directly to the Eaglehill 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?

In 2021 you have until Thursday July 15th to pay your current taxes without penalty. Any account not paid in full as of July 15th will be penalized 12% of the outstanding current year assessment balance.

If taxes are not paid by January 1st of the following year (2022), an additional 10% will be applied to the outstanding balance of both the current year and any past due amounts and penalties.

What are Taxation Rates for the Village of Myrnam

2021 Tax Rates (Rate per thousand dollars of assessed value )

Tax Item Residential Non-Residential
Municipal14.6623 19.000
School3.09793.7952
EagleHill Foundation.9785.6964
Total18.6987 24.2662

Can I pay in monthly instalments instead of once a year?

Village of Myrnam offers Tax Instalment Payments to Property Owners who are in good standing. These monthly payments will be debited from your account starting in January and each month thereafter and will be equal to your previous years Tax Levy divided by 12. (eg. If your Tax Levy was $1200, your monthly instalment payments will be $100.)

If you are interested, please complete the Tax Instalment Payment Program Application and return to the Village of Myrnam Administration Office with a VOID cheque and PAD Agreement.

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 Village of Myrnam Assessment Review Board (ARB).

Customer Review Steps:

Step 1: ask yourself the following:

  1. Is the market value assessment of my property a  reasonable estimate as of December 31st of the previous year?
  2. Are the factual details that the Village has on record for my property correct*?
  3. 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 Village of Myrnam office at 780-366-3910 or admin@myrnam.ca

Step 2: If you have questions regarding your assessment, contact the Assessor, Gary Barber at 780-842-5002.

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 admin@myrnam.ca  or faxing to 780-366-2246.

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 Village Office at 780-366-3910 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.