Tax bills for approximately 480,000 residential and non-residential properties were recently mailed out. Property owners who have not received their property tax bill by the first week of June should contact 311 to obtain a copy of their bill.
Property taxes are an essential source of The City’s overall revenue and necessary to help fund local services including:
• Police and emergency services
• Public transit, roads, street cleaning and road maintenance
• Care and maintenance of parks, pathways and playgrounds
• Bylaw enforcement
• Environmental promotion and protection
• Contributions to operating costs of cultural and recreational facilities including the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Arts Commons, TELUS World of Science, Calgary Economic Development, libraries and City-owned pools, arenas, art centres, fitness facilities and sports fields.
It is important to remember that a portion of your property taxes are collected by the City on behalf of the Government of Alberta. About 40% of the total of your property taxes are sent to the province with the remainder applied to city services. It is also important to note that 75% of the money the City collects for itself fund police, fire and transportation. For a breakdown of how much of your property taxes go to individual City services and to the Provincial Government, please click here.
Assessment-based property taxes are regressive and unfair as they don’t take into account one’s ability to pay. However, this system is the only tool available to municipal governments to raise the necessary revenue required to fund the high quality programs and services that Calgarians continue to expect. In order to change the way Calgary raises revenue, a new agreement between the City and the province is required. With city charter negotiations underway between Calgary, Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, Calgarians should remain hopeful that funding services solely through property taxes is a thing of the past.
Property taxes are due Thursday, June 30. A late payment penalty of seven per cent will be applied to any unpaid portion of property taxes on July 1 and October 1. Further penalties of one per cent will be added on the first day of each month to any portion remaining unpaid after December 31.
The property tax deadline does not apply to property owners who pay monthly through The City’s Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP). More than 250,000 property owners have joined TIPP and pay their taxes monthly. Property owners can join TIPP at any time by visiting the Web site at www.calgary.ca/TIPP to request an agreement or by calling 311.
Help is available to assist eligible low-income homeowners who meet income guidelines and eligibility criteria, regardless of age. For more information or to download an application form visit www.calgary.ca/fairentry.
To learn more about how The City invests property tax dollars visit our website at www.calgary.ca/ourfinances.
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