Published on December 17, 2019

Reviewing the Tax Penalty Bylaw

Over the last year, the City of St. Albert has reviewed its Tax Penalty Bylaw to find ways to improve fairness and equity to property owners, while maintaining revenue totals. 

On December 16, 2019, St. Albert City Council approved the following recommendations from the Community Growth and Infrastructure Standing Committee:  

  • Reducing the current year tax penalty rate from 18 per cent to 16 per cent, which is nearer to the Alberta city average of 14 per cent.
  • Keeping the tax-in arrears annualized rate consistent but spreading it out across three penalty dates as opposed to the two current dates.

The updates were recommended to City Council based on a review of tax penalty bylaws from comparator municipalities, as well as an analysis of the revenue history associated with tax penalties specific to St. Albert. The net affect of the rate and penalty date changes would reduce tax penalty revenue by a nominal amount in 2020 of approximately $30,000. 

The revised Tax Penalty Bylaw will come into effect on January 1, 2020. 

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Last edited: December 17, 2019