Taxation & Assessment
Tax Levy/Mill Rates
Tax Rates (Municipal Portion Only)
Council approves the annual tax rates based on the required revenue to balance the budget.
Combined Tax and Assessment Notice
- Your Property Tax Bill covers the period from January 1 to December 31 annually
- A combined Tax and Assessment notice is mailed in June with a due date of October 31st.
Tax Penalty Bylaw
- New! Go paperless--sign up to receive your Tax Notice electronically!
- Property tax levies are composed of Municipal (Kneehill County) taxes, School taxes (Alberta School Foundation and "separate schools" in some areas), and specific requisitions if required.
- School taxes (ASFF) are set by the provincial government
Municipal Property Tax
This is the rate set by Kneehill County Council to raise revenue to attain a balanced budget, as per the Municipal Government Act. The mill rate is multiplied by your market value assessment to produce the invoice.
Education Property Tax
Every year the province calculates, based on assessment value, the amount each municipality must contribute towards the public education system. Municipalities collect the education property tax from ratepayers and then forward it to the province for deposit into the ASFF.
Contact the Province: Toll-free by dialing 310-0000 and then 422-7125, or (780) 422-7125 regarding the education property tax. Education funding information.
Declaring School Support
You can declare your school support by completing a School Support Notice Form. You may amend your school support for any year of assessment.
This only affects residents in the following areas:
- SE 3 and Sections 11-15, 20-28, 34 & 35 in Township 28, Range 20
- Sections 11 and 13 to 34 in Township 29, Range 21
- N1/2 of 13 & 14, N1/2 & SE 15, All of Sections 22-26, 35 & 36 in Township 29, Range, 22
- Sections 1 & 2 in Township 30, Range 22
- Sections 13-16, 21-28, and 33-36 in Township 28, Range 23
Paying Your Taxes
Assessment of Property
Kneehill County provides accurate and equitable assessments that are used for the purpose of collecting property taxes. Property tax is an important source of Kneehill County's revenue.
The provincial government establishes the legislation, policies, and guidelines that determine how assessments are to be done. Kneehill County's contractor assessor, Accurate Assessment, calculates the assessment per the provincial legislation and guidelines.
Value of Property
Residential and non-residential properties, other than special purpose properties, are assessed at market value using mass appraisal techniques. Market value is determined by examining multiple sales of property. It is not the specific price of an individual property.
Farmland is assessed per regulated rates based on the productivity value of the land. The current provincially set base rate is 350 per acre for 100% of land farmed without the advantage of irrigation.
Industrial oilfield, manufacturing plants, and special purpose properties are assessed using the cost approach.
Property owners have the right to inspect the assessment roll and can get an explanation of how their assessments are prepared by contacting the County office. They also have the right to appeal their assessment to the Assessment Review Board and the Municipal Government Board. The appeal must be in writing and must be made within 60 days of the mailing of the assessment notice. The appropriate filing fee must accompany the appeal to the Assessment Review Board.
Alberta Municipal Affairs Updated Regulations
- Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta
- Filing a Property Assessment Complaint and Preparing Your Hearing
- Guide for the Exchange of Assessment Information: Market Value Properties
For further property assessment complaints and appeal information, please visit Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Toll Free 1-866-443-5541
Assessment & Taxation: Caroline Siverson