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Understanding Your Taxes

Why do We Need Property Tax?

The property tax that is collected by the Town each year goes to support and provide the following services.

Administration – Council; administrative, records and financial management.
Protective Services – Fire protection; bylaw enforcement and control; animal control; disaster services.
Transportation & Infrastructure – construction and maintenance of sidewalks and streets; streetlights and traffic control; street cleaning and snow removal; airport maintenance; cemetery maintenance.
Tourism & Economic Development – Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation; operation of the Visitor Information Centre, maintenance of the website, technology support.
Recreation & Culture – Maintenance of recreation facilities including parks and green spaces; program development and support for recreation and culture including the library, youth programs, senior’s programs and wellness initiatives.

 

Where Will Your 2019  Property Tax Dollar Be Spent?

How are Tax Rates Established?

Each year, Council approves the amount of expenditures required to support town services.  Revenue sources other than property tax, such as sales & general revenues, grants, transfers from reserves, utilities user fees, recreation and culture user fees and license fees are subtracted from expenditures.  The balance is the amount raised through property taxation.  Tax rates are established to calculate property tax and reflect the amount of tax to be paid for every dollar of assessed value.

 

Calculating Your Taxes

Most citizens pay tax in two major ways: federal and provincial income tax that comes off your pay cheque and municipal property tax.  Tax Notices are mailed in June each year to the property owner on record. The amount on your Tax Notice is for taxes levied from January to December of the current year.

Your property tax notice includes three separate tax levies to fund the following:

Total Municipal Levy – this amount is collected by the Town of Hanna to fund municipal infrastructure, facilities, services and programs.

Total School Levy – this amount is collected by the Town of Hanna and paid directly to the Province of Alberta, for maintenance and development of the public school system. The amount requisitioned by Alberta Education and paid by each municipality is based on population and the tax base. All municipalities must collect and forward these funds to the province.

Total Acadia Foundation Levy – this amount is collected by the Town of Hanna and paid directly to the Acadia Foundation to provide affordable housing for senior citizens of Hanna and District.

Your taxes are calculated by multiplying your total assessment by the residential or non-residential tax rate and dividing the total by 1000. Use the formula below or visit the Property Search Page to view your property taxes.

(assessment x tax rate)/1000= property taxes

 

2019 Tax Rates

 Tax Rate      Residential & Farm      Non-Residential
Municipal 11.0124 14.3994
School 2.7913 3.4662
Acadia .5558 .5558
Total Tax Rate 14.3595 18.4214

 

 

How do I find out what is owing on my taxes?

Under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, property owners have unlimited access to their own property information, including assessments and tax information however, we do not give out personal or tax information over the phone.  Please submit a written request to order a tax certificate.

How do I request a tax certificate?

Please write or email with the following information on the requested property:

  • Civic address
  • Legal description
  • Owner name

Please contact the Town office to confirm the fee for a tax certificate.  Tax certificates can be emailed if requested and the original will be mailed.

What will affect my tax bill?
  • Any change in your property’s annual market value assessment will result in a change to your tax assessment.
  • Council’s decision to raise, lower or hold the amount of tax revenue needed to balance the Town’s annual budget.
  • The amount of revenue required by the Provincial Government for education purposes.
  • The amount requisitioned by the Acadia Foundation for Senior’s housing.
Why do I pay school taxes when I don't have children going to school?

Provincial legislation specifies that the funds for schools are to be collected by municipalities.  The province requisitions revenue they require from the Town and the total levy is distributed among taxpayers through their property tax bills.  People who do not own property contribute indirectly through their rental or lease agreements.

When are taxes due?

August 31st of each year.

How can I pay for my taxes?

The Town of Hanna offers a variety of methods and accepts a number of Payment Options.

I just bought a house - do I owe the taxes?

Tax Notices are sent to the property owner on record when the taxes are calculated. If you purchased a property and did not receive a tax notice, contact the Town Office to ensure that the taxes are paid.

What happens if I don't pay the taxes on time?

A penalty will be applied September 1 on any outstanding taxes for the current year. A second penalty will be applied October 1 on any outstanding taxes for the current year. Any outstanding balance on December 31 will receive a penalty on January 1 of the following year.

Taxes in arrears for more than three years will be subject to the Tax Recovery, and offered for sale by the Municipality.