The 2017 tax notices will soon be mailed out to ratepayers. Here’s a breakdown of your taxes this year.
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The tax revenues are calculated using a mill rate which is then applied to the taxable assessment of your properties.
This year, 2017, was a total re-assessment year. A re-assessment, or a complete re-valuation of properties, is done in Saskatchewan every 4 years in order to update or reflect the property values of our homes and lands. The values you see on this assessment notice should be close to the value your property would have had four years ago or in 2015. These values will then be used for the purpose of calculating taxes for the next four years or until the next re-assessment is done should all things remain the same.
MY ASSESSMENT WENT UP. DOES THIS MEAN MY TAXES WILL GO UP? While your assessment values are used to calculate your taxes, any change to your assessment over last year will not directly impact a change to your taxes in a re-assessment year. A few important notes with this re-assessment:
PERCENTAGE OF VALUES:
The percentages of values (POV) for non-arable agriculture properties and residential properties have changed. This POV is used to determine how much of your assessment value is to be taxable or used to calculate your taxes. The taxable assessment percentage of value on Non-arable land increased 5% and 10% on residential.
The taxable assessment values on ALL properties in our municipality have increased considerably over last year’s assessment. In the RM of Calder No. 241, our assessments averaged an increase of 116% over last years’ values. It means that most properties in the RM saw their assessment values double. Your taxes are calculated using a mill rate set by Council once they adopt their budget in the.
It is easy to calculate that if the RM kept the same mill rate as last year, the RM’s tax revenues would double. Therefore, this year, an adjustment to our RM’s mill rate can be expected. This mill rate is set to generate enough revenues necessarily required to meet our RM’s budgeted expenses and future capital expenditures and not in excess as would occur if the mill rate stayed the same. The mill rate in 2016 was at 15.0. This year, Council set their mill rate at 7.8. This is a direct result to the increase in overall assessments.
MILL RATE FACTOR ON RESIDENTIAL:
Although most residential properties won’t see an increase in their taxes, Council set a mill rate factor of 1.45 on all residential assessments. This was necessary to maintain consistent tax revenues on all properties.
Council continues to offer a discount on taxes for prompt payment. This year, payments on current taxes paid on or before July 31, 2017 will receive a 6% discount off their taxes. All other discount periods have been discontinued.
The budget was passed by Council at their April 26, 2017 meeting. The expenses were budgeted based on last year’s actuals and adjusted to meet anticipated changes.
General Government expenses refer to those expenses required for the general operations of the municipality. It includes Administration expenses, RM insurance and costs associated with assessment, tax enforcement & tax collection as well as stationary and Council indemnities.
Transportation expenses refer to the delivery of public works services related to the development and maintenance of roadway systems and street lighting.
ENVIRONMENTAL & PUBLIC HEALTH
These expenses refer to environmental & public health issues such as garbage disposal and pest control including beaver , coyote, rats & weed
control throughout the R.M.
Utilities expenses pertain to the delivery of water, collecting and treatment of waste water. It is the RM’s goal for user fees to offset the operational expenses of our utilities.
Protective costs are the costs for 911 services, police and fire protection services in the RM.
RECEATION & CULTURE:
These expenses refer to the provision of community services through recreation and leisure services in the RM.
Payment of Taxes
Taxes can be paid via the following.
In Person: Municipal office, Main Street, Wroxton, Saskatchewan, Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed statutory holidays.
Mail to: PO Box 10, Wroxton, Sask. S0A 4S0
E-transfer: email: email@example.com (Call the Municipal office to set your password.)
Please visit our Services Centre to learn more about the programs and services we offer in the Rural Municipality of Calder No. 241.