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Property Assessment Notices Start Arriving This Week

Post Date:05/11/2020 12:05 PM

Medicine Hat – Property Assessment Notices will begin arriving in resident’s mailboxes beginning May 14, 2020 for Multi-Family and Non-Residential properties. Assessment notices for property owners of Single Family Residential and Farmland properties were mailed February 28, 2020.

Assessment Notices are now being mailed out earlier and under separate cover from the Property Tax Notices. This allows the department more time to respond and deal with individual assessment queries and concerns before Property Tax payments are due.

Legislation allows property owners 60 days from the Notice of Assessment date (May 22, 2020) to review and discuss any concerns with the City’s Assessment Department. It is important to contact the Assessment Department for an explanation before filing an appeal. Purchasers of property should obtain or confirm the assessment value if the sale occurs during the appeal period.

City Council will set the annual tax rate in June and tax notices will be mailed out at the end of July. Property assessment appeals for Multi-Family and Non-Residential property must be received by the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board by July 21, 2020. The final date of complaint for Single Family Residential and Farmland properties has been extended to July 1, 2020 under Ministerial Order No. MAG: 014/20.

Tax payments have been deferred to September 30, 2020, however, those that are capable of paying their taxes earlier are encouraged to do so. This will assist the municipality to support services through the pandemic. It is important to note that property owners and purchasers must review their Assessment Notices before the 60 day appeal period ends as Property Tax Notices cannot be disputed.

Additional information can be found on the City website or by contacting the Assessment Department at 403.529.8114.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Sterkenburg
City Assessor, Assessment Department
City of Medicine Hat

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