Municipal services

Property Tax Time – Maintaining Quality Municipal Services

In Strathcona County, residents receive great value for their property taxes that fund and maintain high-quality municipal services and infrastructure that are relied on every day. This includes roads, fire, ambulance, police, recreation, parks, transit, economic development, and community social programs.

Of the total residential property taxes collected in 2022 in Strathcona County, 61% pays for municipal services, 4% supports the Strathcona County Library and the Heartland Housing Foundation, and 35% is collected on behalf of the government of the Alberta for Education.

With these four tax requirements weighted together, the overall average residential property tax increase for 2022 is 2.28%. This is based on the county’s 3.11% municipal tax revenue increase, provincial education increase of 1.01%, Heartland Housing Foundation increase of 2.33%, and no increase for Strathcona County Library.

Property owners may see a percentage change in tax higher or lower than this, depending on how their property assessment (assessment as of July 1, 2021) changes compared to the average.

For an example of a single family residential property valued at $431,000, property taxes will total $68.84 more for the year, or $5.74 more per month.

Homeowners can check their property tax allowance using the county’s online property tax calculator. This tool provides the total amount and the annual and monthly breakdown of property tax. It also shows how property tax money is distributed among municipal departments.

“For several years, we’ve had little to no tax increases, which we’ve achieved through efficiencies and focusing on priorities. Property taxes of 2.28% this year are helping the county deal with inflation, which is up 4.32% from last year,” Mayor Rod Frank said. “Inflation is starting to squeeze municipalities in a real way. Add to that operational pressures, such as our need to add 12 full-time firefighters in 2022 to support our overwhelmed emergency services, and you see the challenge we’ve faced to be able to maintain service levels and maintenance. of our facilities, parks and roads at a tax rate below inflation.

New projects in 2022 include the “on-demand” local transit service pilot, the county’s contribution to the River Valley Alliance footbridge, Deermound parking lot, and energy efficiency and waste reduction projects. greenhouse gas.

Property tax notices will be mailed in mid-May, and it is important that property owners contact the county if they do not receive theirs. The tax payment deadline is Thursday, June 30, 2022.

More property tax information is available at strathcona.ca/assessmentandtax, including details on the county’s installment payment program. County Connect is also a convenient way for homeowners to find out about their property assessment or taxes.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595