Tax Recovery

Under the Part 10, Division 8, of the Municipal Government Act of Alberta, the City of Fort Saskatchewan is authorized to implement a tax recovery process by establishing timelines and procedures to recover unpaid property taxes. Reserve bid, set by Council, is as close to the market value of the property as possible. This may include the possession and sale of properties, including distribution of surplus sale proceeds and final disposition of the parcel, as necessary.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan takes all reasonable actions toward recovery of property tax arrears while ensuring the tax recovery process being followed is fair to both the property owner(s) and the City, and within the authority provided under the Municipal Government Act of Alberta.

Tax Sale Auction

The tax sale is a public auction of properties that have a tax recovery notification on title as a result of unpaid property taxes or outstanding charges for than one year.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan, similar to any other municipality in Alberta, is able to recover unpaid property taxes be selling properties of "non-compliant" owners at a public auction.

If required, the City of Fort Saskatchewan holds a tax sale auction in September of each year in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Sale terms

  • Properties are sold as is/where is;
  • No warranties regarding the said properties;
  • No consideration of pre-sale nor post-sale conditions;
  • Non-refundable deposit of 20% of the accepted bid at the time of sale with the balance of the accepted bid within 15 days of the date of sale of property; and
  • Payments by cash, bank draft, or certified cheque only
  • GST may be applicable

Note: If the property is occupied it is the purchaser's responsibility to evict the occupants.