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City Reminds Property Owners to Meet Tax Deadline

June 24, 2011

The City of Edmonton mailed out property tax notices earlier than usual this year to avoid any disruptions due to Canada Post delivery issues. Now, the City is reminding Edmontonians they should take advantage of alternative tax payment measures in order to avoid penalties of missing the June 30 deadline.  

“Most ratepayers know that it is their responsibility to ensure their payment is received by the City, and a mail disruption is not an acceptable excuse, but we want to send a reminder in case Canada Post is not back at full service next week,” said Rod Risling, Branch Manager for Assessment and Taxation. “The exception is for approximately 95,000 property owners who pay with the monthly payment plan.”

For the rest of property owners who have yet to pay their property tax by Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, a quick-pay desk awaits people who want to deliver in person at City Hall.

Taxpayers who want to drop off a cheque and pick up a receipt will find a special express desk in the north area of the main floor at City Hall on June 27 to June 30. A drop-box is also available in the same area for even faster payment. Many Edmontonians also pay through their banking institution.

Edmontonians with last-minute questions about their tax notice can use the tax counter on City Hall’s main floor, where people can also pay with debit card – as long as their debit limit is more than their tax bill.

The City of Edmonton will collect a total of $1.3 billion in property taxes this year, of which $354 million is for the provincial education tax. The municipal portion of the bill pays for all civic services Edmontonians expect every day, such as police, fire rescue, public transit, pothole maintenance, recreation programming, libraries, and parks maintenance. For a typical Edmonton household, the range of services costs less than $5 per day in taxes.

For more information:

Rod Risling

Title Manager, Assessment and Taxation