The Assessment Review Board:
The Government of Alberta introduced a single system of assessment complaints for the entire province starting in January 2010. This means the complaint process has changed as a result of amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. M-26 and Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation AR 310/09.
If you do not understand or you disagree with your assessment, contact an Assessor (Remember the 60 day time period for filing a complaint!!) Upon request and limited to the assessment for the current tax year, you are entitled to see or receive sufficient information about your property assessment, in accordance with Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act or, in regard to comparable properties, a summary of an assessment, in accordance with Section 300 of the Municipal Government Act, or both. To review your assessment details or compare other properties, please phone and make an appointment to see our assessor (see below).
Logan Wehlage, Assessor
Benchmark Assessment Consultants
1-800-633-9012 or 403-381-0535; or
M.D. office: 1-888-337-3351 or 403-625-3351 ext. 226
There is a 60 day time period between the mailing of your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice and the date the complaints are due. The deadline for filing complaints is noted on your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice. If, after having discussed your assessment details with an assessor, you are still of the opinion that your assessment is incorrect, you may file a written complaint to the Assessment Review Board (see forms and steps below) Your complaint must set out in detail the reasons you feel the assessment is incorrect. The Clerk of the Assessment Review Board will schedule a hearing at which time you will have the opportunity to present evidence.
Derrick Krizsan, Clerk of the Assessment Review Board;
Phone 403-625-3351, ext 224;
The steps to file an assessment complaint to the Assessment Review Board are as follows:
Each complaint must be set out on the prescribed form a set out in schedule 1 or Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation (MRACR). Assessment Complaint forms and agent authorization forms are available at or from the Municipal District Office. The Assessment Complaint forms are also included in your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice package.
The form(s) must be filled out completely, including the reason(s) for a complaint (be prepared to present evidence at the hearing).
The appropriate fee(s) ($20.00 per roll number) as set by Council under Section 481(1) of the Municipal Government Act must accompany the complaint form.
COMPLAINT FEES payable to the M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26
The form(s)must be returned by the deadline specified on the front of the Combined Assessment & Tax Notice to:
M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26 - Clerk of the Assessment Review Board
Location: 123027 Secondary Highway 520 West, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0
Mailing Address: PO Box 550, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0
Complaints with an incomplete complaint form, submitted after the filing deadline or without the required fee, are invalid.
If the Assessment Review Board makes a decision in your favour, the complaint fee will be refunded. If the complainant withdraws the complaint, in agreement with an assessor to make a correction regarding any issue or matter under complaint, the compliant fee will be refunded.
Payment/Penalty Information/Payment Options
Phone: 403-625-3351, ext 226
DUE DATE for tax payment is October 31(or if the 31st falls on a weekend, the next business day).
A tax payment that is sent by mail is deemed to have been received according to the Canada Post date stamped on the envelope.
A tax payment that is made through a financial institution is deemed to have been received on the date stamped by the institution. (if you are making your payment on the due date, please check with your financial institution to ensure you meet the deadline for the same day payment.
Taxes that remain unpaid after the due date (as stated above) are subject to the following penalties:
November 1st - 10%
January 1st - 2%
Penalties are imposed under the authority of the M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26 tax penalty by-law, passed pursuant to the Municipal Government Act.
Receipts issued in acknowledgement of a cheque or other negotiable instrument shall be valid only when the amount of the cheque or instrument has been collected by the M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26.
Any property on which the taxes are in arrears is liable to the tax recovery proceedings specified in the Municipal Government Act.
Where taxes are paid by a mortgage company, the owner is responsible to ensure that the taxes are paid on time.
An assessment complaint does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties. If a complaint is successful, the adjustment will be applied to the tax roll. Refund cheques will be mailed out, when applicable.
Telephone or internet banking through your financial institution (your Roll Number or Owner Number (located under the Roll Number) is your account number).
Mail (please make your cheque payable to the M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26).
In person at the Municipal District Office by cash, cheque or interact (please check with your financial institution to ensure that your single transaction limit is sufficient).
Credit cards are NOT accepted for payment.
When paying by mail or in person, return the tax notice or summary page(s) with your remittance.
Our Mailing Address:
M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26
PO Box 550
Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 123027 Secondary Highway 520 West, Claresholm, Alberta