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What Happens When You Don't Pay Your Taxes

The Tax Recovery Cycle for homes including land:

If taxes are not paid for 2 years


Lien added to your property title


If taxes are still not paid


Property goes up for sale at auction

The Tax Recovery Cycle for manufactured homes:

Taxes not paid for one year

Lien added to your manufactured home

Taxes still not paid

Manufactured home for sale at auction

For detailed information, click here for the Tax Recovery Brochure

We're here to HELP

We understand that it can be difficult to pay off financial debts. If property taxes are left unpaid, you may leave yourself at risk of losing your home. We are available to talk about possible solutions to your property tax debts.

Our Tax Arrears Payment Plan (TAPP) is a monthly payment option to help you pay down debts. After successfully completing the program, we will reduce the penalty amount owing by half. Please contact 311 or email to discuss if this program works for you. If you have already enrolled in the TAPP program, we thank you for your commitment.

Find a variety of related Community Resources here

For information about Financial Basics, visit the Government of Canada website. A series of seven videos cover topics from preparing a budget to dealing with debt and protecting yourself from fraud.

For more information

Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Email: or
Address: City Hall, 1st Floor, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6

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