Tax Rate

Each year, City Council establishes the tax rate to distribute the tax levy among all City of Fort Saskatchewan property owners. At the same time, the provincial government determines the amount that every Alberta municipality must contribute towards education funding. In addition, the housing foundation portion of the levy is requisitioned in accordance with the Alberta Housing Act and collected by the City on their behalf.

Residential Property Tax Rate and Calculator

One mill represents $1 tax for every $1000 of assessment, therefore the calculation of the taxes can be shown as follows:

Municipal Property Taxes = Assessment x (Municipal tax rate ÷ 1000)

School Taxes = Assessment x (School tax rate ÷ 1000)

Foundation Taxes = Assessment x (Housing tax rate ÷ 1000)

Residential Property Tax Calculator

This chart shows the impact of the tax levy on a $376,000 residential property.

Impact of the tax levy on a $376,000 residential property chart

Type of Levy

2021 Assessment
$376,000

2020 Assessment
$385,000

Dollar Change

Percent Change

Municipal Tax Levy inc DCC

$ 2,162.39

$ 2,159.62

$ 2.77

0.13%

Education Tax Levy

$ 989.23

$ 1,026.10

($ 36.84)

(3.59%)

Heartland Housing Foundation Tax Levy

$ 35.94

$ 36.22

($ 0.29)

(0.80%)

Combined Tax Impact

$ 3,187.59

$ 3,221.94

($ 34.36)

(1.07%)

A residential property based on an average 2021 market value of $376,000 (2.3% decrease from 2020) will see their combined property tax decrease by approximately $34.36 for the year (-$2.86 per month) or -1.07% from 2020 to 2021.

A sample single family residential property assessed at $376,000 will pay approximately $179 per month in property taxes in 2021 for municipal services including the debt owing on the Dow Centennial Centre.

Municipal services break down
ServiceMonthly Cost
Transportation, Facilities & Infrastructure $75/month
Recreation, Parks, Culture $35/month
Fire and Protective Services $52/month 
Planning Services $3/month 
Public Library $4/month 
Family & Community Support Services $3/month 
Economic Development $3/month 
Dow Centennial Centre $4/month 
Total City Municipal Services $179/month 
Heartland Housing Foundation $3/month
Provincial Education $82/month
Total Residential Property Tax $266/month
Non-Residential Property Tax Rate

The following chart summarizes the combined property tax impacts for Municipal (including Dow Centennial Centre), education, and Heartland Housing levies from 2020 to 2021, in dollar values and percentages, for sample non-residential properties.

Impact of the tax levy on a $955,000 non-residential property chart
Type of Levy2021
Assessment
$955,000
2020
Assessment
$980,000
Dollar
Change
Percent
Change

Municipal Tax Levy inc DCC

$ 9,475.82

$ 9,463.66

$ 12.16

0.13%

Education Tax Levy

$ 3,872.33

$ 3,744.09

$ 128.24

3.43%

Heartland Housing Foundation Tax Levy

$ 91.27

$ 92.21

($ 0.94)

(1.01%)

Combined Tax Impact

$ 13,439.42

$ 13,299.96

$ 139.46

1.05%

A non-residential property based on a 2021 market value of $955,000 (2.5% decrease from 2020) will see their combined property tax increase by approximately $139.46 for the year ($11.62 per month) or 1.05% from 2020 to 2021.

Additional resources

Property Tax and Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw