Welcome to Municipal District of Foothills No. 31

Taxes

FAQs

What is the mill rate?
How is the mill rate calculated?
How can I estimate my taxes?
When do I have to pay my taxes?
Does the MD have a monthly payment plan?
Are there any discounts for early payment?
How does a change of address impact my MD account?
Why do I have to pay Education taxes?
Do seniors have to pay education property taxes?
Do we have to fill out school support forms each year?
Where do your tax dollars go?

What is the mill rate?

The mill rate is the rate used to calculate your annual tax levy. It is the amount of taxes to be raised for every $1,000 of assessed value. For example, with a residential mill rate of 8.3720, a tax parcel valued at $100,000 would have a levy of $837.20. The mill rates are set every year by a bylaw approved by the M.D. Council.

How is the mill rate calculated?

The mill rates are calculated by dividing the amount of revenue required by the total assessment of all taxable property within the M.D. of Foothills. The tax levy is calculated by multiplying the mill rate by the property assessment.

How can I estimate my taxes?

For residential taxes you can apply the most current M.D. mill rate against your estimate of the fair market value of your property. Market value does not apply to farmland.

When do I have to pay my taxes?

Property Taxes are due September 30th of each year. Discounts and Penalties

Does the M.D. have a monthly payment plan?

Yes, the Tax Installment Payment Plan or TIPP for short. Go to TIPP program.

Are there any discounts for early payment?

The M.D. offers discounts for early payment and for monthly payments. Discounts and Penalties

How does a change of address impact my M.D. account?

A change of address must be given to the MD to allow prompt mail reception of Assessment/Tax notices, notices from the different departments that relate to your property or neighboring properties, and information letters sent by the M.D. to its ratepayers. Email us your change of address.

Please note that the Land Titles Office should also be notified of a change of address in order to update your title information. Contact them at 403- 297-6511.

Why do I have to pay Education taxes?

Education property taxes support an education system that is producing the workforce of tomorrow. All Albertans benefit from a quality education system -- whether or not they have children in school. The MD of Foothills is required by legislation to collect taxes on behalf of the Provincial Government. Land owners must pay education taxes on property owned in every municipality in the Province. Inquiries pertaining to Education taxes should be directed to:

Do seniors have to pay Education Property Taxes?

Yes. Seniors who own property must pay education property taxes. The provincial Education Property Tax Assistance program provides an annual rebate to senior homeowners who have an increase in the education portion of their property taxes. The Government of Alberta also provides financial assistance to low-income seniors through the Alberta Seniors Benefit.

Do we have to fill out school support forms each year?

If you have previously notified the M.D. of your choice of school support and you see that your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice is reporting that declaration correctly, there is no need to send in another school support declaration. The Alberta School Act provides that, where both a Public and a Separate School District exist in the same area, all individuals who are Roman Catholic must direct their taxes in support of schools to the Catholic School District. All other individuals must direct their taxes in support of schools to the Public School District. These conditions apply only to property within the Separate School District. Education taxes on property outside of the Separate School District are directed to the Public School District. If this School Support is undeclared, the Education portion of your property taxes will be directed to the Alberta School Foundation Fund and redistributed on an equal amount per student to public and separate school boards in Alberta.

Where do your tax dollars go?

  • Schools
  • Streets and Roads
  • Protective Services: Fire Department, Municipal Enforcement, Patrol
  • Administration
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Water, Waste & Garbage
  • Seniors Foundation
  • Agricultural Services Board
  • Planning
  • Ambulance
  • Library
  • Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)
  • Cemetery
  • Airport

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