Property Assessment is the process of estimating the value of a property for Municipal and education taxation purposes. Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure in an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
A property's assessment does not in itself generate property taxes as it is the assessed value multiplied by the tax rate (mill rate) that gives the property tax levy that the homeowner pays. Visit the Tax Rate page to view the Town of High River's current rates.
The Town of High River bases the current year's property assessment on the real estate market condition as of the July 1 of the previous year. The assessment also takes into consideration the characteristics such as size, type and age of your property as well as its location, style, condition, upgrades and lot size. The selling process of similar properties in the community are also considered.
The Assessment Review Period is your opportunity to review your assessment, receive more information about your assessment and if necessary discuss your assessment with us. If you have questions, think your assessment may be wrong. the data is incorrect and/or are unable to attend any of the open houses please contact the Town of High River Assessment Department at; by phone at 403-603-3430, by fax at 403-652-2396.
The assessor may then inspect the property and correct the assessment if necessary. If the assessor agrees that the original notice is not accurate, a new notice will be issued.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the assessor review you may then appeal the assessment to the Assessment Review Board. Please note the deadline for submission of an Assessment Review Board Complaint Form is August 5, 2014.
Property Assessment notices were mailed to residents on Friday, June 6, 2014. Notices were delayed to allow the Town of High River extra time to review the assessment records and ensure they are reasonable and fair in light of the June 2013 flood. Property owners have the typical 60-day period to appeal their assessment, if they do not agree.
Assessors reflected the impact of the flood on property values by monitoring market activity and reviewing the physical damage sustained to a property. The flood’s effect on 2014 property assessments was measured through property owner communication, visual inspections, and review of property condition and characteristics as of December 31, 2013.
Property owners should review their assessment carefully.
If property owners have any questions concerning their assessment notice, they should contact the assessment department or attend one of the open houses. The matters that may be questioned are:
• Description of a property
• Name and mailing address of an assessed person or taxpayer
• An assessment
• An assessment class or subclass
• The type of property
• The declared school support
• Whether the property is assessable
• Whether the property is exempt from taxation
Assessment open houses will be held at the Town of High River office at 309B Macleod Trail S.W. on the following dates and times:
• Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 1 to 9 p.m.
• Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The deadline for assessment appeal is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
These are only assessment notices for properties. Property tax notices will be mailed by approximately the end of August and will be due by Sept. 30.
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