Town of Oyen Assessment Information
A taxpayer has the right to receive or see all assessment-related information about their own property. Section 299 of the Municipal Government Act entitles you to see or receive sufficient information to show how the assessor prepared the assessment of your property, including;
all documents, records and other information in respect of your property that the assessor has in their possession or under their control,
key factors, components and variables of the valuation model used in preparing the assessment of your property, and
any other information prescribed or otherwise described in the regulations.
A taxpayer has the right to receive a summary of information on properties similar to theirs. They are not entitled to receive unlimited information or information that is not related to the current tax year. Section 300 of the Municipal Government Act entitles you to receive a summary of information on properties similar to yours, including; a description of the parcel of land and any improvements, to identify the type and use of the property
- the size of the parcel of land
- the age and size or measurement of any improvements,
- the key factors, components and variables of the valuation model applied in preparing the assessment of property, and
- any other information prescribed or otherwise described in the regulations.
Note: If a taxpayer believes that the information provided by the municipality does not meet the requirements set out in the Municipal Government Act, he/she may complete a Compliance Review Form and forward it to the address on the form for review.
- A taxpayer may request information from a municipality at any time during the year.
- Information available to a taxpayer must be accessible, transparent and complete while protecting confidentiality and privacy.
- A municipality must provide information if it is satisfied that necessary confidentiality will not be breached. A municipality cannot deny a request for assessment information as it is not subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Assessment Roll will be open for inspection during office hours. You are entitled to see or receive information regarding your own or any other assessment. Please contact the Town Office at (403) 664-3511 for procedures and timelines to be followed to request assessment information. If you believe your own or any other assessment is unfair, you may file a WRITTEN complaint, on the prescribed form, to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board. The Assessment Review Board has the authority to review your assessment and direct the Assessor to make amendments. Its function is to bear evidence as to whether your property is assessed on an equitable basis with similar properties. Pursuant to Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act:
- A complaint must be submitted on the prescribed complaint form.
- If you intend to have an agent submit a complaint on your behalf it must be authorized in writing on the prescribed form.
- ASSESSMENT COMPLAINT FORM
- ASSESSMENT AGENT AUTHORIZATION FORM
PLEASE NOTE Your complaint must be:
- Made on or before the final date of complaint shown on the front of this notice, and
- Be accompanied by the filing fee of:
a. Residential 3 or fewer dwellings and farm land $50.00
b. Residential 4 or more dwellings $650.00
c. Non-residential $650.00
d. Tax Notices $30.00
e. Linear property – power generation $650.00/facility
f. Linear property – other $650.00/LPAUID
g. Equalized Assessment $650.00
If your appeal is successful, your filing fee will be refunded.
A complaint against your assessed property value 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 requests must be made in writing.
ASSESSMENT COMPLAINTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CLERK OF THE ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD, TOWN OF OYEN, P.O. BOX 360, OYEN, ALBERTA, T0J 2J0 BEFORE 4:30 PM ON THE FINAL COMPLAINT DATE AS INDICATED ON THE FRONT OF THE PROPERTY ASSESSMENT AND TAX NOTICE.
that many issues may be resolved by speaking with the Assessor well before the final complaint date. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your property assessment, please contact us at (403) 664-3511.