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Please review your notice carefully once you receive it. If you have general questions, call the City at (403) 207-7050. If you have detailed questions about your property, call the Assessor at 1-877-438-2305. Webmap Link
Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure to an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
The 2016 property tax rate has not yet been finalized in Chestermere but assessing properties is the first step in the process to ensure property and business owners pay their fair share of the cost of municipal services.
The City of Chestermere contracts Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. to provide assessments for our community. This company comes to Chestermere each year (usually in the spring/summer) to complete the City’s assessment.
Properties in Alberta are assessed using a ‘mass appraisal’ method, which is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, mathematical models, and statistical tests. Information is collected by gathering data from on-site visits (as described above), real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Alberta Land Titles, and financial institutions.
If you still disagree with the Assessor’s evaluation after contacting them, you can file an official complaint and appeal. Information about the appeal process is available at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.
Under the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate’s official agent is: authorized to incur campaign expenses and accept or solicit campaign contributions on behalf of the candidate; be present in the voting location on election day (unless a candidate or candidate scrutineer is present) to observe the voting and make notice of objection as to voter eligibility; and may be present at an official recount of votes. Other duties of an official agent are those assigned by the candidate, according to Section 68.1. Provisions for being at the count of the ballot may not be available as the City of Chestermere uses tabulating machines.
According to the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate may not accept an anonymous donation. If you have received an anonymous donation, your option is to return the donation or pay the amount of the donation to the Secretary of the City of Chestermere. See Sec 147.3(1)(j).
According to Section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act,
"(1) A person may be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person(a) is eligible to vote in that election,(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified."There are no other relevant provisions under this Act with respect to the residence requirements for candidates. The provisions for ineligibility to stand as a candidate are set out in section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act, which is available online through Alberta Municipal Affairs. Therefore, any candidate who has been resident in the City of Chestermere for a period of six months is eligible to be a candidate in the municipal election. Further, as candidates swear an affidavit as to their eligibility to stand for election, which includes their address, this is acceptable proof of the fulfillment of the residency requirements. In the event that the candidate is elected, any breach of the eligibility rules, including residency, must be challenged by you through the courts.
If you do not meet any of these conditions, your deposit is paid into the general revenues of the local jurisdiction or the appropriate School District. (Section 30, Local Authorities Election Act.)
However, you can only withdraw your nomination if the number of remaining candidates meets the positions in the race. For example, if you are running for Councillor in a local jurisdiction with 6 seats and there are only six nominated candidates, no candidate may withdraw. (Section 32, Local Authorities Election Act).
In our province, a municipality must have over 10,000 residents in order to apply for city status. We reached that number in 2007 and continue to keep growing at a rapid pace. As a city, we are already larger than 4 other cities in Alberta.
The purpose is to gain more recognition as a viable place to do business which will hopefully attract more business and business tax revenue, easing the burden on residential tax payers.
In the 2012 community survey, the #1 thing residents said would most improve their quality of life in Chestermere is more shopping/businesses. In addition to providing more options to residents, having more businesses in a community means more tax revenue from the business property taxes. This helps the community pay for amenities like pools and recreation centres, with less burden directly on residents.
In addition, there are over 100 towns in Alberta. As a city, Chestermere is 1 of 18 and may have more influence when asking the provincial government for services like schools and medical facilities.
Examples of light industrial businesses include printing shops, auto repair shops, small equipment rentals, electronics manufacturing, and distribution centres.
Examples of professional services include lawyers, engineers, accountants, architects, banking, insurance, real estate brokers, etc.
The City of Chestermere will begin the regular development approval process with an Area Structure Plan and is seeking to begin selling parcels in the next 1-2 years. The City will require all applicants to submit high design standards to ensure that the development fits into the City’s high quality expectations. Once costs are covered, any profits from the development will be reinvested back into the community.
All parts of the development process are publicly available should residents wish to follow the progress of the development.
When the private sector is unwilling to do so, it is not uncommon for municipalities to pursue specific types of development themselves.
As no local developers have plans to add light industrial options in Chestermere, and the City of Chestermere was able to purchase the land for under market value, Chestermere has decided to pursue its own development.
This is the only piece of land the City of Chestermere owns (except municipal reserve lands needed for parks and schools) and studies show profitability for the area.
Council believes that providing bridging funding to the CRCA while they get their stabilization plan going is in the best interest of the community and will ensure that the recreation programs and services the centre provides can continue this fall.
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Seniors can contact Alberta Seniors and Community Support toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or the Ministry’s website for more information on:•Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program•The Alberta Seniors Benefit•Other provincial programs and services for seniors Ministry Website
For example, a taxpayer with a home assessed at $550,000 will pay approximately $17 less in municipal taxes in 2016 if their assessment changed by the average for the community (approximately 4.5% increase).
The taxes that an individual property owner will pay may be higher or lower depending on the change in assessed value of their property. Your individual property tax will be sent in early June.
This year, and for the next ten years, franchise fees will be used to make the payments for borrowing for the new RCMP building. With the franchise fees revenues, the City will be able to have a 10 year loan on the new RCMP building instead of a 20 year loan. This will save residents approximately $1.4 Million in interest because a lower borrowing rate was available for a 10 term and because of the shortened borrowing timeframe.
The costs for delivery of energy (electric and gas) to your home or business is approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission who ensures that appropriate pricing is in place for the transmission and distribution services you used (the wires and the pipes). In Alberta, you purchase power (electrical and gas) from a utility retailer who uses the available infrastructure (in the case of Chestermere delivered from either ATCO or FORTIS) to deliver energy products to your home/business.
Utility Retailers sell energy to households/businesses and are responsible for invoicing the household for products used.
For a list of utility retailers/distributors in Chestermere, please visit our Utility Services Providers page.
Garbage pickup in Chestermere is operated by Chestermere Utilities Incorporated. Please contact them at 403-207-7CUI (7284) or visit them at www.cuinc.ca. Garbage Pickup Schedule
As per snow removal Bylaw 018-11, any ice or snow removed from private property cannot be placed on the roadway or boulevard of a street. Please shovel the snow and ice onto your property.
The first six months plus the last six months, will equal your tax levy. The credited amount indicated on your notice indicates payments you have made for the months of January to May of the current year.