This notice advises you of:
- Your new current assessed value
- Your tax classification and tax liability for Provincial Education, Green Acres, and Municipal taxes
- Your legal description (Plan;Block:Lot)
- Your declared school support
- Your complaint deadline
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Overall, Lethbridge property assessments for single family dwellings increased about 1.07% on average, as of July 1, 2017, compared to the previous year's assessments.
To view the average assessment change for single family dwellings in your neighbourhood, click here.
A supplementary property assessment is done when a new building, renovation or an addition to an existing building is completed in the current calendar year. The supplementary tax bill will reflect the number of months the building was completed or occupied during the year.
Provincial legislation requires that your City apply the same tax rates to supplementary assessments that were applied for annual property tax purposes. This includes both the Municipal tax rate and the Provincial Education tax rate.
Your assessment is an estimate of the price your property may have sold for on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer, as of July 1, of the previous year.
"Market Value is the amount that a property...might be expected to realize if sold on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer."
Municipal Government Act Section 1(n), Province of Alberta.
- Style of home (examples: bungalow, bi-level)
- Size of home
- Size of the lot
- Basement or lower level finish
- Quality of construction
- Building condition
- Location & Site influences (examples: golf course, lake, coulee view)
- Other special features (examples: air conditioning, fireplaces, pools)
Your City is required to reassess all properties annually. Your current assessment is based on the market value as of July 1 of the previous year.
A range of sale prices results when similar properties are sold during the same time frame. Assessed values reflect the sales in the middle of this range of prices. That is why your assessed value may be higher or lower than the price you purchased your home for.
Assessed values are reviewed at three points in the valuation process:
By the City's internal checks and balances
By the Alberta Government's annual assessed audit process
By individual property owners' review of their notice
You may wish to use the Property Information WebMAP
http://gis.lethbridge.ca/propertyinfo/ to compare your assessment to your neighbours and other similar properties that have recently sold. You can also contact your Assessment Department with any questions or for more details on your assessment. We would be happy to assist you and answer any inquiries.
All property assessments can be searched
on the Property Information WebMAP.
All assessed values included on the assessment roll are available at the Assessment and Taxation Office and include:
If you'd like detailed information on other properties, general property searches can be provided to you for $25, assessment summary reports for $30 for single family houses and $50 on all other property types.
At your City's Assessment Department, we welcome any inquiries regarding your assessed value. If there are errors in the physical characteristics recorded, the appraiser will amend the assessment accordingly. Below outlines the actions you can take to help ensure your assessed value is correct:
Not Satisfied? |
File a complaint through the
Assessment Review Board||
No further action is required|
Not Satisfied? |