Friday, May 21, 2010

2010 Property tax bills mailed out today

Tax bills for approximately 425,000 residential (houses, condos and apartment buildings) and non-residential properties (commercial sites and industrial land) were mailed today.

Property owners should receive their property tax bill within the next week. Property taxes are due Wednesday, June 30. A seven per cent penalty will be applied to any unpaid portion of property taxes on July 1 and October 1. Further penalties of one per cent will be added to any portion remaining unpaid after December 31.

The deadline does not apply to property owners who pay monthly through The City’s Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP). More than 219,000 property owners pay their taxes monthly through TIPP. Property owners can join TIPP at any time by calling 3-1-1 to request an application or visiting the Web site at .

Help is available to assist eligible low-income homeowners who meet maximum income guidelines and eligibility criteria, regardless of age. The City of Calgary may provide a credit to residential property owners experiencing financial hardship for up to the increase in 2010 residential property taxes over 2009.

Property taxes are an essential source of The City’s overall revenue necessary to help fund local services including:
  • Police and emergency services
  • Public transit, roads, street cleaning and road maintenance
  • Care and maintenance of parks, pathways and playgrounds
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Land use planning
  • Garbage collection service provided to households on a weekly basis
  • Environmental promotion and protection
  • Contributions to operating costs of cultural and recreational facilities, including the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, Telus World of Science, Calgary Economic Development, libraries and City-owned pools, arenas, art centres, fitness facilities and sports fields
This year the tax requirements for municipal and provincial purposes produce a combined property tax rate increase of 3.9% for residential property owners. The 2010 provincial property tax requisition on The City is $602.1 million, up $24.2 million or 4.2% from 2009.

The overall impact of the combined increase on the 2010 median assessed residential property valued at $374,000 amounts to approximately $6.80 per month, or an annual increase of $82. Of this amount 53.4% remains in Calgary to meet municipal needs, while 46.6% will be sent to the Province.

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