502 2nd Ave, Bassano AB
403-641-3788
Monday - Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Closed Thursday's to public.

Finance and Taxation (TIPPS)

"The best in the West by a damsite!"

2021 Tax Rates

Each year property owners receive a tax bill. Taxes are collected for the purpose of operating the municipality to provide services such as roads, recreation, social services, building maintenance/operations, emergency services, and much more. In addition to the municipal tax levy, the town is required to collect other taxes and remit them directly to the provincial government and the seniors housing authority. The additional taxes are described as a requisition. One hundred percent (100%) of the requisition collected is remitted to the provincial government and the seniors housing authority. The municipality has no control over the requisitioned amount.

On your 2021 tax bill, you will see four separate line items:

  1. A municipal levy – this covers the operating requirements for the municipality. The total municipal taxes levied this year is $1,349,752 and has remained unchanged since 2019.
  2. ASFF requisition – this is the education tax levy that is paid directly to the province. The total ASFF requisition this year is $335,545
  3. Seniors housing requisition – this is the seniors housing tax levy that is paid directly to the Newell Housing Foundation. The total seniors housing requisition this year is $10,772.
  4. Police Funding Model – this is a new tax levy for 2021 and is paid directly to the province. This tax is intended to help fund additional rural police. The total police funding model requisition for this year is $23,191

Regardless of your age or demographic, you are responsible to pay each of the four tax levies outlined above.

2021 Tax Levy (Mill Rate)Residential/FarmlandNon-Residential/Linear
Municipal levy only10.5893017.08100
Combined levy (Municipal, ASFF, Seniors Housing, Police Funding Model)13.6478021.27602

How Are My Taxes Calculated

Each property owners’ taxes are calculated based on the property’s assessment X by the mill rate. The total amount of taxes required to operate Bassano in 2021 is $1,349,752. The property owners portion of the municipal taxation is then derived from property assessment X the mill rate as shown in the example below.

Residential/FarmlandNon-Residential/Linear
Assessment:                          200,000
Municipal mill rate:          x 10.58930
Municipal taxes:                      $2,118 

Combined mill rate:         x 13.64780
Combined taxes:                     $2,729 
Assessment:                          200,000
Municipal mill rate:          x 17.08100
Municipal taxes:                      $3,416 

Combined mill rate:         x 21.27602
Combined taxes:                     $4,255 

Benchmark Assessment Consultants Inc. is under contract to provide assessment services to the town. It is possible that your property assessment may increase or decrease annually as a result of sales and property characteristics, property upgrades, or demolition. Questions regarding your property’s assessment can be directed to Ryan Vogt, Assessor at 1-800-633-9012 or ryan@benchmarkassessment.ca. The below table explains the overall assessment changes over last year – 2020 Assessment is used to calculate 2021 taxes.

 2019 Assessment2020 AssessmentChange (%)
Residential87,080,94082,739,000-4.97%
Farmland467,590282,790-39.52
Non-Residential25,105,96024,934,300-0.68%
Linear2,573,3802,617,580+1.71
Machinery and Equipment2,942,0202,937,070+.16%

Payment of Taxes

Your tax bill (property taxes) are due by July 31 annually. Payments made after the due date are subject to an 18 percent penalty (Bylaw 918/21).

Payments can be made by cash, cheque, debit, money order, or eTransfer. The town does not accept credit cards for property taxes.

By mailIn personDrop boxFinancial Institution (in-person, online, or by phone)Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPPS)
Town of BassanoP.O. Box 299
Bassano, AB T0J 0B0 – payments must be postmarked on or before July 31 to avoid penalty.
Bassano Town Office502 – 2nd Avenue, Bassano, AB during regular business hours (Monday – Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)There  is a mail slot at the entrance of theBassano Town Office 502 – 2nd Avenue, Bassano, AB. Tax payment can be placed in the mail slot outside of regular business hours. At most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or via telephone or internet backing. Pleas allow a minimum of 72 business hours for your payment to be processed.Equalized monthly tax payments can be made by registering with the Town Office to participate in the TIPPS program. You must register by December 15 annually to be part of the program. For details contact Christine Petkau, Tax Clerk at 403-641-3788 or email town@bassano.ca

Late penalties are levied in accordance with the Late Payment of Taxes Bylaw 918/21

  • An 18% penalty is applied to unpaid current year taxes on August 1
  • An 18% penalty is applied to unpaid tax accounts after December 31 annually

Resources

  1. Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program – the government of Alberta continues to offer support through the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program. Resources can be found here. If you need help filling out the forms or navigating this program our FCSS department is available to assist by contacting Victoria Mulhbeier at 403-641-3788 or fcss@bassano.ca.
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