City of Medicine Hat relies on the collection of property taxes to provide services, to make improvements to their infrastructure and to meet their financial obligations. The Provincial Government recognizes the reliance on property tax revenue. To ensure that everyone who is required to pay municipal taxes do so, legislation (MGA - Municipal Government Act) has been passed that ensures the municipality can collect the taxes that are due.
It is recognized that land or property represents a significant, if not the largest investment for most Albertans. The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is drafted on the principal of protecting people's interests in their properties.