Property Assessments

What is Property Assessment?
Property Assessment is the process of estimating a fair actual value (average market value) of a property for taxation purposes.

Assessments for all types of property are prepared annually by accredited municipal assessors appointed by the town and governed by provincial legislation and regulation.

Assessments are based on market conditions as of July 1 of the previous year and on the properties physical condition and characteristics as of December 31 of the previous year.

Assessors obtain required information through many means including site inspections, building permits and blueprints, aerial imagery, gis data, sales information from Alberta Registries, MLS data, industry publications and by annual written requests. Learn more about request for information surveys RFI's.

The property assessment is used to fairly distribute the annual tax revenue requirements throughout the municipality.

Who is your Municipal Assessor?


Kevin Lawrence, AMAA.

MD of Bighorn No. 8
assessor@mdbighorn.ca

TF: 1-888-419-2128

Or submit your inquiry online by clicking here.


What If I Disagree With My Assessment?
If you have questions concerning your property assessment or you feel that your assessment is inaccurate you should inquire with the Assessor by filling out an 
inquiry form

The assessor will contact you to discuss your concerns and may request amongst other things, documentation (appraisals, sales docs, lease information, plans, etc.) relating to your opinion of value for this property and/or inspect the property to determine if an error was made. If the assessor agrees the original notice is not accurate, a corrected notice may be issued. Assessment reviews and possible amendments only pertain to the current assessment notice.

If after speaking with the assessor, you still feel that your assessment does not accurately reflect a fair and equitable value of your property at July 1 of the previous year, then there is a formal appeal process to file an assessment appeal. 

How Do I Appeal My Assessment?

 
The MD encourages residents to contact the Municipal Assessor, Kevin Lawrence, to discuss any concerns regarding their assessments before filing a formal appeal.
The deadline for filing an appeal is: 60 days after the Notice of Assessment Date

Fees for appealing 2021 assessments are:

  • $50.00 for each residential/farmland appeal and 
  • $650.00 for each commercial/Industrial appeal.
Assessment Review Board Complaint Form (PDF)
Payment Options for ARB Complaint Form Fees

If your appeal is successful, your fees will be returned to you.

Your Assessment Review Board Complaint Form can be submitted by email to the ARB Clerk: lana.hill@mdbighorn.ca or mailed to PO Box 310 Exshaw AB, T0L 2C0 Attention: ARB Clerk Lana Hill.
Alternatively it can also be dropped off to the Administration office at #2 Heart Mountain Drive, Exshaw, AB.

Your complaint is subject to the Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulations, AR 310/09 (MRAC 2018).
If you choose to have an agent represent you, then you must fill out an Assessment Complaint Agent Authorization Form  as per Section 55 of the Matters Relating to Assessment Complaint Regulation (MRAC)

Additional Information


Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta was written by the Government of Alberta's Municipal Affairs to provide general information about the province's property assessment and taxation system. This guide will be helpful for anyone who wants or needs to have an understanding of how the province's property assessment and taxation system works. 

Complete Roll Information Available


The posted information does not include all of the information required by the Municipal Government Act of Alberta to be included on the assessment roll. The complete roll can be viewed in hard copy format only, at the Municipal District office during regular business hours.

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