Budget and Taxes
In the spring each year, City Council and administration plan the budget process. Council establishes budget principles and identifies a target tax change that administration uses to prepare draft budgets for Council to review and finalize in November and December.
The budget sets expenditures and revenue for the year ahead for civic programs, boards and authorities, and the Neighbourhood Renewal Funding Program. The budget ultimately determines how much the City will collect in taxes to pay for the services and levels of service.
Assessment Notice mailed in January
The City mails all notices of property value assessment in January. This notice helps you estimate your annual taxes. Your property's assessed value determines your share of total City taxes collected. Always check your assessed value to make sure it looks accurate. You have until March to review the assessment. You can appeal your property assessment (file a complaint), but you cannot appeal your tax bill.
Your Tax Bill comes in May
The City receives the Provincial Education Tax requisition in early spring, which is also added to your property tax bill. The City makes final budget calculations in March/April to adjust for any forecast changes in revenue for the year ahead or costs that were not identified in December.
Your tax notice is sent in late May and tax payment is due by June 30. You can register for the monthly payment plan to spread the cost over the year.
Your final tax bill is mainly determined by the size of the City budget, the Provincial Education Tax, any local improvement charges for your neighbourhood or street, and your property's value relative to the total value of all properties in Edmonton.
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