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In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, payments will be considered paid on time if received at the County Office by 4:30p.m.; postmarked by Canada Post; or processed by a financial institution on or before the due date. If a Canada Post postmark is absent or illegible, the date received by Woodlands County will be considered the payment date. Commercial postage meter imprints will NOT be honoured.
- Municipal taxes for Woodlands County are levied at the end of May and are due June 30 of each year. These taxes are for the year running from January 1 to December 31.
- Municipal taxes calculated by taking the current assessment of a property and multiplying it by the mill rate and dividing by 1000= tax dollars due. (example assessment of 100,000 X 10.5356 mill rate/1000 = $1053.56 tax dollars.
- The County places penalties on unpaid tax balances twice per year, on July 1 and September 1 at a rate of 6 per cent.
- Your municipal taxes may be paid at either County office in Whitecourt or Fort Assiniboine by means of cash, cheque or Interact. The County does accept post dated cheques for June 30. Municipal taxes may also be paid at your local bank as long as you provide the bank with the portion of your tax notice that has the tracking number for the County’s bank account. If you choose to mail your tax payment, please ensure that it has been post marked prior to June 30 due date.
- Woodlands County has a Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) in effect that enable ratepayers to make twelve monthly installments for property taxes rather than one annual payment.
ADDITIONAL PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION
1. What is the T.I.P.P. program?
The T.I.P.P. Program (Tax Installment Payment Plan) is a monthly tax installment payment plan that enables ratepayers to make twelve monthly installments for property taxes rather than one annual payment.
2. Why should I use the T.I.P.P. program?
Woodlands County issues property tax notices once per year and the full balance is payable by June 30. As the amount is payable in one lump sum, many ratepayers find this places a burden on their cash flow. The T.I.P.P. program allows the ratepayer to break this large payment into equal monthly installments to make budgeting for monthly expenses easier. Ratepayers also avoid the possibility of missed payments and any corresponding penalty on the late payments.
3. How does the T.I.P.P. program work?
The plan runs from January to December each year. Payments are due and payable on the first day of each month. The first six months’ payments are based on the previous year’s property tax levy.
As a participant in the T.I.P.P. program, your monthly payments will be revised in July to coincide with the annual issuance of property tax notices. You will be advised in June of the revised monthly payments, which commence with your July payment.
Any adjustment required as a result of the annual levy will be spread over the last six payments of the year. These revised payments continue until June of the following year.
Payments may be made by automatic withdrawal from your bank account or by postdated cheques. We require written permission before automatic withdrawals will begin. The County does not charge for this service; however, normal bank service charges may apply
- Preceding year’s taxes were $1,200.00
- January through June monthly payments would be $100/month ($1,200/12 months)
- Property taxes are billed for the current year of $1260.00
- Less payments made from January to June (6X$100.00) ($600.00)
- Balance Owing $660.00
- July through December monthly payments would be $110.00 ($660.00/6 months)
4. How do I withdraw from the program?
You may withdraw from the plan by giving written notice at least TWO WEEKS prior to the next payment date. NOTE: If you withdraw from the plan all unpaid taxes become due and payable. Taxes that remain unpaid will be subject to a penalty of 6 per cent on the balance outstanding if the withdrawal takes place after June 30, or a penalty of 12 per cent on the balance outstanding if the withdrawal takes place after August 30.
5. What if I change bank accounts?
If you change your bank account, please advise the County at least TWO WEEKS prior to the next payment date.
6. What happens if I sell my property during the year?
When your property is sold, T.I.P.P. participants are asked to inform the County at least TWO WEEKS prior to the next payment date. It is important that you notify us as soon as possible to ensure that payments are discontinued at the proper time.
7. How do I apply for the T.I.P.P. program?
To apply for the T.I.P.P. program, you are required to complete and sign a Pre-authorized Tax Payment Plan Agreement, which is available at County offices in Whitecourt and Fort Assiniboine. The deadline for applications for the next taxation year is December 21.
If you have more questions about the T.I.P.P. program, please call (780)778-8400 between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Our assessment function is contracted by Accurate Assessment Group (AAG), which performs all facets of the assessment process. AAG is committed to ensuring that the County’s assessment base is fair and equitable and welcomes any questions regarding your assessment.
ASSESSMENT GENERAL OVERVIEW
The County’s assessment department is responsible for the assessments of all residential, commercial, industrial and farmland properties located within Woodlands County. Alberta Municipal Affairs is responsible for the assessment of linear properties which include power lines, telecommunication systems, pipelines and oil & gas wells (the surface equipment, however, is assessed by the County’s assessment department).
Woodlands County has implemented market value assessments, as required by the Municipal Government Act and associated regulations. Market value assessments are used for residential and non-residential properties.
Assessments are used as a means of distributing taxes among properties within the municipality.
RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT
Residential and non-residential properties are assessed at market value. The assessor first gathers all pertinent information about the property and then compares this information with other comparable properties, which have sold on the open market, to determine the assessment for the property. All factors attributed to value are included in the valuation, including outbuildings, etc. Personal belongings, however, are not included in the valuation of the property.
FARM PROPERTIES/FARMLAND ASSESSMENT
Farmland assessment values are not assessed at market value but rather by values which are regulated by the province. These values take different soil characteristics into consideration, such as soil group (black, dark, gray etc.), topsoil, depth, topography, stones, etc.
Farm buildings such as barns, grainaries, garages, etc. are not assessable as regulated by the province, and as such do not play a role in the assessment of a farm property for tax purposes.
Farm residences are assessed at market value, as are the first three acres encompassing the building site. The residence, however, is given an exemption based on the assessed value of the farmland in the owner’s “farm unit”.
A sample property assessment calculation would be as follows for a farm unit composed of three quarters of farmland with one of the quarters encompassing a residence valued at $100,000:
Assessment Mill Rate Taxes
Quarter # 1 Farmland $18,000 10.12 $182.16
Quarter # 2 Farmland $13,500 10.12 $136.62
Quarter # 3 Farmland $15,200
3 acre site $30,000
Residence 53,300 $98,500 10.12 $996.82
The residence assessment in the example is calculated as follows:
Value of residence $100,000
- Less assessment of $46,700 ($18,000 + $13,500 + $15,200)
- Farmland in unit $53,300
The assessment for Quarter # 3 in the example is calculated as follows:
- Farmland assessment $15,200
- Plus 3 acre site assessment $30,000
- Plus residence assessment $53,000
- Total Taxable Assessment $98,500
INDUSTRIAL (MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT) PROPERTY ASSESSMENT
Industrial properties include, gas plants, sawmills, compressor stations, dehydrator packages, separator packages, etc. “Smaller” Industrial properties are assessed using the provincial Machinery and Equipment assessment manual. Larger Industrial properties, however, are assessed using the actual installation costs which have been adjusted for certain non-assessable costs.
If you believe your own or any other assessment is unfair, you may file a complaint form (available at local municipal office) to the Assessment Review Board. The Assessment Review Board has the authority to review your assessment and direct the assessor to make amendments. It’s function is to hear evidence as to whether or not your property is assessed on an equitable basis with similar property.
Please note: Your complaint must be made on or before the date shown on the front of your tax notice you received from Woodlands County.
Please mail your complaint (with full details) to:
Assessment Review Board Secretary
Box 60 #1 Woodlands Lane