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Property Taxes

To provide Edmontonians with services like fire, police, transit, road maintenance, neighbourhood renewal, recreation facilities and libraries — just to name very few — the City uses a variety of funding sources.

While these sources include user fees, fines, permits and government grants, municipal property taxes are the single largest revenue source for the City.

Municipal property taxes, therefore, form the backbone of Edmonton’s financial position, generating revenue to support more than 50% of the City’s total operating budget every year.

Property Assessment

To ensure all Edmonton property owners pay their fair share of municipal property taxes, the City uses an internationally recognized property assessment process, as legislated by the Government of Alberta. This process uses a market value mass appraisal system to assess Edmonton properties and determine each property owner’s share of property taxes.

Policy Recommendations

A variety of policy themes are discussed within the paper, and the City welcomes an open dialogue. Topics of note include:
  • Property tax treatment for low-income homeowners (Discussed in Policy Theme 1)
  • Property tax treatment for urban farming operations (Discussed in Policy Theme 2)
  • Residential tax rate subclasses to achieve policy outcomes or acknowledge neighbourhood costs(Discussed in Policy Theme 3)
  • Tax burden distribution between residential and non-residential property taxpayers (Discussed in Policy Theme 3)
  • Council policy on tax rebate or exemptions for non-profit organizations (Discussed in Policy Theme 4)
  • Regional context and recommendations for future sustainability (Discussed in Policy Theme 5)
The City invites you to read the Assessment and Taxation White Paper to better understand the municipal assessment and taxation system and contribute your ideas to help shape the City’s policy in the future.

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