Taxes and Assessment


Property assessment is the process of assigning a dollar value to a property for taxation purposes. In Alberta property is taxed based on the ad valorem principle. Ad valorem means “according to value.” This means that the amount of tax paid is based on the value of the property.

The market value based standard is used to determine the assessed values for the majority of properties in Alberta. Market value is the price a property might reasonably be expected to sell for if sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer after appropriate time and exposure in an open market. Assessors gather information on ranges of sale prices in the marketplace. This statistical data is used as part of the process for calculating market value based assessments.

Cardston County's assessments are prepared by Benchmark Assessment Consultants Inc.

Assessment Appeals

To ensure that property owners have a voice in the property assessment system, the Municipal Government Act has set out a complaints and appeals system for property owners who have concerns about their assessment.

Any assessed person, taxpayer, or person acting on behalf of an assessed person or taxpayer may file an assessment complaint. An agent for fee acting on behalf of a property owner or taxpayer must have written authorization to do so. If ownership of a property changes while a complaint is in progress, the new owner of the property or business then becomes the complainant involved in any proceeding before the board.

To file an assessment complaint, please read this pamphlet and contact the County office for assistance before completing and submitting this form.

Property Taxes

Cardston County collects municipal property taxes in order to provide services like road construction and maintenance, recreational and leisure opportunities, agricultural services, emergency services, utilities such as water, and more.

Cardston County, along with all other municipalities, is required to collect various requisitions on behalf of the provincial government to help fund provincial education and senior programming. The provincial government requires that municipalities collect these requisitions via municipal property taxes and reallocate them back to the provincial government. These provincial requisitions are included in your property tax rate.

Under the Municipal Government Act, municipalities are responsible for collecting taxes for municipal and educational purposes. Property taxes are levied based on the value of the property as determined from the property assessment process. Property taxes are not a fee for service, but a way of distributing the cost for local government services and programs fairly throughout a municipality.

Guide to Property Tax and Assessment in Alberta

Mill Rates

Mill rates are established every year by a bylaw approved by Council. A mill rate is the rate used to calculate your annual tax levy. This is called the mill rate because the number is expressed in mills - one mill is 1/10th of a cent ($.001).

Your mill rate is the amount of taxes to be raised for every $1 of assessed value for your property. For example; with a residential mill rate of 9.91, a tax parcel valued at $1,000 would have a tax levy of $9.91.

Mill Rate Breakdown
(Municipal Portion Separated from all Requisitions)

Description Mill Rate Breakdown 2013 Mill Rate Breakdown 2014 Mill Rate Breakdown 2015 Mill Rate Breakdown 2016
 Senior Citizen  0.2068  0.2079 0.2039 0.2053
 Ambulance  0.0000  0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
 Fire  0.3552  0.3527 0.3388 0.2889
 Garbage  0.3119  0.2782 0.2580 0.2926
 Education 2.5138  2.5145 2.4351 2.3606
 Non Res Education 3.7205  3.6700 3.4555 3.6628
 Municipal Residential  3.2000  3.4000 3.4910 3.5610
 Municipal Agricultural  9.8000 10.3000 10.7000 11.1000
 Municipal Non Residential  12.7500  13.0050 14.3650 14.3650

Combined Mill Rate
(Municipal Portion Combined with all Requistions)

Description Combined Mill Rate 2013 Combined Mill Rate 2014 Combined Mill Rate 2015 Combined Mill Rate 2016
 County Residential  6.5877  6.7533 6.7268 6.7084
 AG Land  13.1877  13.6533 13.9358 14.2474
 Commercial/Industrial  17.3444  17.5137 18.6213 18.8146
 Linear  17.3444  17.5137 18.6213 18.8146
 M&E  12.7500  13.0050 14.3650 14.3650
 Municipal Portion Only  12.7500  12.0050 14.3650 14.3650
 Power Only  13.6239  13.8438 15.1657 15.1518
Cardston County has set a $20 minimum property tax per parcel