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Ward 11 News: Property Taxes 2015

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Property Tax bills were sent out recently for the 470,000 residential and non-residential properties in the City of Calgary. This year a number of residents are experiencing larger increases in their tax payments compared to last year. There are a few reasons your tax bill might be increasing more than you may have anticipated:
1.    In 2014, Council gave a one-time rebate of $52 million which was spread across all residential properties in Calgary, thus providing a slight reduction in one’s 2014 tax bill. Since this was a one-time event that credit is not applied in 2015, tax bills have increased by this amount.
2.    There is also the combined municipal and provincial property rate increase. This is 4.2% for residential properties and 5.4% for non-residential properties, of the total amount collected 62% goes to the City and 38% goes to the Province.
3.    The change in assessed value of one’s residential property compared to last year will also affect the share of taxes that a single residential property contributes to the total.
 
The City of Calgary has posted general information on property taxes as well as more specific information on your 2015 property tax bill on their website.
Property taxes are due on Tuesday, June 30, with late payment penalties taking effect after that date. This does not apply if you pay monthly through the City’s Tax Instalment Payment Plan, which you can apply for at any time by visiting calgary.ca/TIPP or calling 311.
There are a few programs available to help eligible low-income homeowners with their property tax bills.
·         Visit Calgary.ca/fairentry for more information on the 2015 Property Tax Assistance program.
·         The Property Tax Relief Program is also still in effect for those who lost the use of their property after the 2013 flood.
·         The Alberta Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government.
 
 
 

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