If you are still certain that your assessment does not reflect what your property would likely sell for on the open market, you may file an appeal to the Assessment Review Board.
How do I file an appeal?
Your appeal must be filed within 60 days of the Notice of Assessment Date indicated on your Combined Assessment and Property Tax Notice.
An appeal must be filed using the Government of Alberta Assessment Review Board Complaint Form along with the required fee. This form is also available at any County Office.
If the complaint is being filed on behalf of the assessed person or taxpayer by an agent for a fee, or a potential fee, the Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form must be completed by the assessed person or taxpayer of the property and must be submitted with this complaint form.
To avoid penalty charges, you must pay your taxes by June 30, 2021, even if you plan to appeal your assessment.
Note: Under the Municipal Government Act, Section 460(6), “there is no right to make a complaint about a tax rate.” This means that you cannot appeal your taxes because you feel that they are too high. You may only appeal the assessment.
Is there a cost to appeal?
appeals must be accompanied by the appropriate fee as outlined in the Assessment Review Boards Bylaw approved by Council:
- Residential – 3 or fewer dwellings and farmland: $50
- Residential – 4 or more dwellings: $650
- Non-Residential: $650
- Business Tax: $50
- Tax Notices (other than business tax): $30
The appeal fee will be refunded if the Assessment Review Board renders a decision in your favor, or you have reached an agreement with the assessor prior to the hearing and signed a Withdrawal to Correction form.
Before filing an appeal…
Review your property information to make sure the description of your property is accurate. This is an important step. If you believe information about your property is not correct, arrange a meeting with the County’s assessor. Discuss any problems that might affect your property’s value (for example, a major structural problem such as a cracked foundation).
Find out if these problems were taken into account when your assessment was prepared. The assessor can re-inspect your property and correct the information if necessary.
You can also compare your assessment with other assessments of similar properties in your neighborhood. Talk with a professional appraiser, assessor, or realtor who can estimate your property’s comparative value in the current market. Remember that the value shown on your assessment notice is based on the estimated value of your property on July 1st in the previous year.
Note: It is your responsibility to contact the County office and check your property record to make sure the details are accurate.
Where do I send my appeal?
All appeals must be sent to the following address on or before the deadline:
Attn: Assessment Review Board
4511-46 Avenue, Box 640,
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0