Taxation & Assessment

Current Budget & Tax Rate Information

The 2022 Tax Rate Bylaw was approved by Wetaskiwin City Council at the regular May 24, 2022 meeting, resulting in a net municipal tax rate increase of 3.23 per cent for residential properties, and an increase of 3.35 per cent for non-residential properties (read the press release).

The two main tax rate categories in Wetaskiwin are residential and non-residential. The third category—Designated Industrial Property is designated by the province of Alberta. Both the residential and non-residential tax rate categories are comprised of three portions: municipal, education, and Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority. *The City is the collecting body for the Wetaskiwin Area & Lodge Authority, education, and Designated Industrial Property requisitions and has no control over those levies.

The 2022 tax rates are as follows:

Residential




2022 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal9.9719.659----
School --2.5745----
Wetaskiwin Lodge --0.1995----
Total --12.433----

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Non-Residential 




2022 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact
Municipal --19.296----
School 
--3.7745----
Wetaskiwin Lodge 
--0.1995----
Total 
--23.27----

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Designated Industrial




2022 Tax Rate2021 Tax RatePercent ChangeNet Impact

--0.0766----

*numbers in brackets () indicates a decrease.

Notes:

  1. All tax rates are shown as rate of dollars per $1000 of assessment.
  2. Designated Industrial Property (DIP) tax rate is only applies to properties identified as DIP through the Province of Alberta.
  3. Net Impact refers to the combination of the average assessment change for residential and non-residential property combined with the change to the tax rate.


Tax Payment Deadline & Penalties for Late or Non-Payment of Property Taxes

Tax Payment Deadline

If you pay property taxes within the City of Wetaskiwin, here is what you need to know:

  • The property tax payment deadline is June 30, 2022.
  • Property tax payments must be received by the City by 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2022 in order to avoid penalties.

Penalties for Late or Non-Payment of Property Taxes

Property Tax Notices will be mailed out to all property owners by the end of May 2022, with payment due by June 30, 2022. The property tax notice includes levies for education and senior foundation requisitions. Tax Penalty Bylaw 1958-20 outlines penalties applied on current outstanding taxes as follows:

    July 1, 2022 – A nine per cent (9%) penalty on any unpaid current tax levy will be levied.

    October 1, 2022 – A six per cent (6%) penalty on any unpaid current tax levy will be levied.

    January 1, 2023 – A fifteen per cent (15%) penalty on any unpaid tax balance will be levied.

How can I pay?

Wetaskiwin City Hall is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can come in to pay your property tax invoice in-person during regular business hours.

Accepted payment methods for property taxes are: cash, debit, payment through online banking, cheque, or money order.
Note: Credit cards are NOT accepted for payment of property taxes.

If you are unable to pay in person or choose to pay another way, the City accepts payments through the following methods:

  • online (through your online banking)
  • by cheque or money order (in-person, or delivered to the night drop-box on the north side of Wetaskiwin City Hall at 4705 - 50 Avenue)
    • Please do not leave cash in the night drop-box

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan

The City of Wetaskiwin offers a monthly payment plan to pay your property taxes throughout the year. This plan allows property owners to pay their property taxes directly to the City in monthly installments from January to December, and avoid paying one large lump sum and incurring late payment penalties if there is still a balance remaining after the payment deadline. Payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on either the first (1st) or the fifteenth (15th) of each month.

If you are on the pre-authorized payment plan, you will receive a tax notice in May for your information, however, you do not need to pay the total tax bill. There is an area named "New Monthly Payment Amount" on the tax notice, which will contain the payment amount that will take effect for your July Pre-Authorized tax payment.

The calculation for your new monthly payment amount is as follows:

Total Tax Levy for the year minus January to June Monthly Payments
6 Months (July to December)

By amending your payment amount for the last six months of the year, it ensures that your tax account has a zero balance by December 31 of the current tax year. If you wish to sign up for or require further information about this plan, please contact the Finance Department at City Hall by calling 780.361.4400 or you can download the application (PDF).

Local Improvements

A local improvement charge may appear as an additional levy on your property tax notice. A local improvement is a project that City Council approves as more of a benefit to one area of the municipality than to the City as a whole.

Some examples of local improvements are concrete curb and gutter installation or lane and street paving. Changes are generally based on frontages, area, or a combination of the two. Local improvements are a charge against the property, not the owner, and are registered on the tax roll. If the land or home is subsequently sold to another buyer, the local improvement charge remains. Local improvements can be paid out at any time during the amortization period, but there may be an applicable penalty.

For more information, please contact the Assessment Department at 780.361.4400.

Non-Residential Property Tax Incentives

Wetaskiwin City Council passed Tax Incentive Bylaw 1970-20 at the regular September 28, 2020 meeting. This bylaw widens the scope of the non-residential property tax incentive to include large scale commercial developments and provides further clarification on the implementation of the Bylaw.

Bylaw 1970-20 gives provision for incentives for the municipal portion of non-residential property taxes for both industrial developments and expansions, as well as new commercial developments on a sliding scale over a three year period. The new bylaw is designed to attract growth, encourage development, and bring new investment to the City of Wetaskiwin.

Read the full Press Release HERE.

For more information, please email taxation@wetaskiwin.ca