Taxation & Assessment

Click HERE for Assessment information.

Property tax notices were mailed to local property owners on May 31, 2021.


Current Budget & Tax Rate Information

The 2021 Municipal Budget was passed by City Council at the March 8, 2021 regular City Council meeting. This budget forecasts a zero percent tax increase. Read the Press Release.

The 2021 Property Tax Rate Bylaw 1993-21 was approved by City Council at their regular April 26, 2021 Council meeting, resulting in a net municipal tax rate increase of 2.99 percent for residential properties, and a 3.12 percent increase for non-residential properties. The 2021 tax payment deadline has been set to June 30, 2021.

The two main tax rate categories in Wetaskiwin are residential and non-residential. The third category--Designated Industrial Property--is designated by the province of Alberta. Both the residential and non-residential tax rate categories are comprised of three portions: municipal, education, and Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority. *The City is the collecting body for the Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority, education, and Designated Industrial Property requisitions and has no control over those levies.

The 2021 tax rates are as follows:

Residential




2020 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal9.3799.6592.99--
School 2.59912.5745(0.946)--
Wetaskiwin Lodge 0.19880.19950.352--
Total 12.176912.4332.103--

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Non-Residential 




2020 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal 18.71319.2963.12--
School
3.93023.7745(3.96)--
Wetaskiwin Lodge
0.19880.19950.352--
Total
22.84223.271.874--

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Designated Industrial




2020 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact

0.07510.07661.997--

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Notes:

  1. All tax rates are shown as rate of dollars per $1000 of assessment.
  2. Designated Industrial Property (DIP) tax rate is only applies to properties identified as DIP through the Province of Alberta.
  3. Net Impact refers to the combination of the average assessment change for residential and non-residential property combined with the change to the tax rate.


Tax Payment Deadline

If you pay taxes within the City of Wetaskiwin, here is what you need to know:

  • The usual property tax payment deadline is June 30 each year.
  • The late payment penalty rate will be set in the annual Tax Rate Bylaw, approved by City Council.

How can I pay?

Wetaskiwin City Hall is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed 12 noon to 1 pm). You can come in to pay your property tax invoice in-person during regular business hours.

Accepted payment methods for property taxes are: cash, debit, payment through online banking, cheque, or money order.

*Credit cards are NOT accepted for payment of property taxes.

If you are unable to pay in person or choose to pay another way, the City accepts payments through the following methods:

  • online (through your online banking)
  • by cheque or money order (in-person, or delivered to the night drop-box on the north side of Wetaskiwin City Hall at 4705 - 50 Avenue)
    • Do not leave cash in the night drop-box

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan

The City of Wetaskiwin offers a monthly payment plan to pay your property taxes throughout the year. This plan allows property owners to pay their property taxes directly to the City in monthly installments from January to December, and avoid paying one large lump sum and incurring late payment penalties if there is still a balance remaining after the payment deadline. Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on either the first (1st) or the fifteenth (15th) of each month.

If you are on the pre-authorized payment plan, you will receive a tax notice in May for your information, however, you do not need to pay the total tax bill. There is an area named "New Monthly Payment Amount" on the tax notice, which will contain the payment amount that will take effect for your July Pre-Authorized tax payment.

The calculation for your new monthly payment amount is as follows:

Total Tax Levy for the year minus January to June Monthly Payments
6 Months (July to December)

By amending your payment amount for the last six months of the year, it ensures that your tax account has a zero balance by December 31 of the current tax year. If you wish to sign up for or require further information about this plan, please contact the Finance Department at City Hall by calling 780.361.4400 or you can download the application (PDF).

Local Improvements

A local improvement charge may appear as an additional levy on your property tax notice. A local improvement is a project that City Council approves as more of a benefit to one area of the municipality than to the City as a whole.

Some examples of local improvements are concrete curb and gutter installation or lane and street paving. Changes are generally based on frontages, area, or a combination of the two. Local improvements are a charge against the property, not the owner, and are registered on the tax roll. If the land or home is subsequently sold to another buyer, the local improvement charge remains. Local improvements can be paid out at any time during the amortization period, but there may be an applicable penalty.

For more information, please contact the Assessment Department at 780.361.4400.

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NEW Non-Residential Property Tax Incentives (including new industrial and commercial developments and expansions in Wetaskiwin)

Wetaskiwin City Council repealed Bylaw 1969-20 and passed the replacement Tax Incentive Bylaw 1970-20 at their regular September 28, 2020 meeting. This new bylaw widens the scope of the non-residential property tax incentive to include large scale commercial developments and provides further clarification on the implementation of the Bylaw.

Bylaw 1970-20 gives provision for incentives for the municipal portion of non-residential property taxes for both industrial developments and expansions, as well as new commercial developments on a sliding scale over a three year period. The new bylaw is designed to attract growth, encourage development, and bring new investment to the City of Wetaskiwin.

Read the full Press Release HERE.

For more information, please email taxation@wetaskiwin.ca