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Ward 8 News: 2016 Property Tax Breakdown

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Ward 8 official websiteThis year’s property taxes were mailed out at the beginning of June and since then we have received numerous calls and emails asking why has there been an increase and why it’s so high. I’d like to give you some background information to help understand where the numbers are coming from and where exactly your tax dollars go.

Every year, the City of Calgary collects taxes on behalf of the Provincial Government. This year, the City collected $784.8 million on the Alberta Government’s behalf which is an increase of $69.6 million from last year. The increase in the Alberta Government’s provincial property tax results in an increase of approximately 10.2 per cent for residential property owners and 4.6 per cent non-residential property owners in Calgary.  In light of the downturn in the economy and to help local property owners and corporations facing revenue shortfalls, City Council reduced the 2016 municipal property tax increase by 1.2 per cent to 3.5 per cent for both residential and non-residential property owners. This will assist property owners without impacting the delivery of City services or service levels. When the 10.2 per cent increase passed down from the Alberta Government and the 3.5 per cent municipal property tax increases are factored together, the result is a combined property tax increase of 6.1 per cent for the typical residential property owner.

The municipal tax rate has increased this year for the following reasons: After the approval of Action Plan 2015-2018, the economic downturn began to affect The City and the community we serve.  Municipal revenues have dropped below the level budgeted in Action Plan. At the same time, the most recent civic census shows that overall service demand and growth pressures in the community have remained high and actually exceed earlier forecasts.

There’s no doubt that we are in a difficult economic climate, the reality is that Calgary as a city is still growing. Last year alone we saw an increase of approximately 40,000 people to the city. An increasing population means an increased need for services and infrastructure. It is also important to note that 75% of the money the City collects to fund police, fire, transit, roads, parks and more. To see where you property taxes are being spent, follow the link and enter your 2016 property tax amount.

Tax Breakdown
Property Taxes are due by June 30th or alternatively; you can make paying your property taxes easier through the City’s Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP). You can make monthly payments towards your property tax instead of paying it in full once a year. Visit or call 311 for more information.

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 The Alberta Government offers a Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program that allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta Government. For more information go to or call the Alberta Supports Contact line at 1-877-644-9992.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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