Myth busting – Essential City facts
Municipal property taxes are the primary way The City delivers services and programs that Calgarians need and value every day. We're focused on reducing the cost of local government through continuous improvement efforts and programs such as Solutions for Achieving Value and Excellence (SAVE).
Below are a few essential facts that we want to share with all Calgarians to address some common questions, misconceptions and myths that we have received.
Council approved the Mid-Cycle Adjustments on November 2020 making notable decisions to support Calgarians through tough times.
Working together to provide The City services you need and want:
- Engaging citizens
Aligning our services and programs with your priorities.
- Plans and budgets
Determining how tax dollars and funding is used to deliver service.
- Property assessment
Preparing fair and equitable property assessments for the purpose of taxation.
- Property tax
Calculating your property tax bill.
- City service and program
Where your municipal property tax dollars go.
Those who are able to participate in supplementary plans contribute to them each payday. They do not receive a duplicate pension on the same income – they are not double dipping.
The City adjusted how it spent revenue from the municipal property tax revenue since 2014 to remain below inflation and population growth.
A decrease in your assessment doesn’t always mean a decrease in your property tax bill.
Service and program facts
The municipal portion (63 per cent of your property tax bill) funds high-quality City services and programs that Calgarians value and use every day. For the typical Calagary household (assessed value of $455,000 in 2020) that works out to $5.88 per day.