Assessment & Taxation

Property Assessment Information

Property assessment is not the same as property tax.


Q: Who can I contact to explain my assessment?
A: You can start with your municipality's assessor or administrator. A Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency assessment appraiser can be contacted to answer your questions. You may call the agency toll free at 1-800-498-0574.

Q: Who can appeal an assessment?
A: Appeals may be started by any person with an interest in, or who is affected by, the assessed value or classification of any land or improvements.
     You can appeal if you believe there has been an error in the valuation, the classification, the assessment roll or the assessment notice. Appeals may also be filed by the municipality, another tax authority (e.g. school division) or Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency.

Preparing the notice of appeal form.
When making an assessment appeal, the notice of appeal form, located on the bottom of the assessment notice, must be fully completed. You must provide specific grounds supporting the appeal. You are required to provide as many details as possible and all facts and evidence that an error has been made in the:
  - valuation of the property;
  - classification of the property;
  - preparation of the relevant assessment roll or assessment notice; and/or
  - content of the relevant assessment roll or assessment notice.
The grounds for the appeal must be detailed. Phrases such as "assessment too high" and "assessment too low" are not sufficient.

It is your responsibility to make a case to the Board of Revision. It may be as simple as proving that dimensions or measurements are wrong or that a classification is not correct, or as complex as proving that the value of a property is not fairly assessed compared to another property that is similar in nature.

When an appeal is determined to be insufficient, the Secretary will provide you 14 days to fix any errors that the Secretary may find in your grounds for an appeal. If you do not comply with the notice to fix these errors, the Secretary may refuse to accept your appeal. This is deemed to be a refusal of the Board of Revision to hear the appeal.

Q: Can I base my appeal on the fact that I feel my taxes are too high?
A: No. Legislation outlines the valid grounds of appeal. Only your property assessment can be appealed, not taxes or mill rates.

Q: When do I appeal?
A: Within 60 days of the assessment roll being advertised or of the mailing of the assessment notice, you must give your completed notice of appeal to the Secretary of the Board of Revision. This can be done in person or by ordinary or registered mail. For 2017 this date is May 24, 2017.

You must ensure that the appeal notice is in the hands of the Secretary of the Board of Revision within the 60-day period. Notices can be mailed or delivered to the Town Office, they will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Board of Revision.

Appeal Fee
The Town of Shaunavon's appeal fee is $50.00 per property. The appeal fee must be paid to the Town before the time for appealing is over, otherwise the appeal is deemed dismissed.

The fee is refunded where the appeal is successful, where an appeal is withdrawn, or if the appeal is deemed insufficient by the Board of Revision.

Simplified Appeals
A simplified appeal process applies to all residential properties, or to commercial properties with an assessed value less than $250,000. In a simplified appeal, a single appointed board member is allowed to hear the appeal. This member would have the same power as a three person panel to hear and rule on appeals. In a the Simplified Appeals process, you would not be subject to the evidentiary rules of disclosure 20 days in advance of the hearing, and would be allowed to present any additional material you intend to rely upon at the hearing.

Right to Further Appeal
In all circumstances, any party that is not satisfied with the decision of the Board of Revision is entitled to appeal the decision of the Board of Revision to the Saskatchewan Municipal Board - Assessment Appeals Committee. Details outlining this process will be included in any correspondence related to your appeal.

Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency Open House
Representatives from Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency will be available, to explain your assessment, on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Please contact the Town Office at (306) 297-2605 to arrange for an appointment

SAMAView (Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency View)
Online assessment information is available via the SAMAView application, at http://sama.sk.ca/sama/, for personal or non-commercial use. Information is available for properties within the Town of Shaunavon.

ASSESSMENT NOTICES

Town of Shaunavon
Notice is hereby given that the assessment roll for the Town of Shaunavon for the year 2017 has been prepared and is open to inspection in the office of the assessor from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m., Monday to Friday, March 24, 2017 to May 24, 2017.

A bylaw pursuant to section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required.

Any person who wishes to appeal against his or her assessment is required to file his or her notice of appeal with:  The Assessor, Town of Shaunavon, Box 820, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan SON 2MO, by the 24th day of May, 2017.

Dated  March 21, 2017
Tara Fritz
Assessor

Notice of Discounts on Advance Payments and
Charges for Late Payments of 2017 Property Taxes

For the information of taxpayers of the Town of Shaunavon, this notice sets out the discounts available on advance payment of any portion of 2017 taxes and the charge for the late payment of the 2016 taxes. The 2017 tax notices will not be mailed until the assessment for the year has been established and the mill rate set.

The following discount will be allowed when payment is made during the period:
January 1 to February 29 - 5%
March 1 to April 30 - 4%
May 1 to June 30 - 3%
July - 2%
August - 1%
The total amount of the 2016 taxes is required to be paid by the thirty-first (31) day of August, 2017.

Charges will be added to the current levy still owing as of August 31, as follows:
On September 1st, 1.5% percent of the unpaid amount.
On October 1st, 1.5% percent of the unpaid amount.
On November 1st, 1.5% percent of the unpaid amount.
On December 1st, 1.5% percent of the unpaid amount.
With respect to arrears of taxes, (12%) twelve percent penalty was added January 1, 2017.


Authorized Montly Payment Plan

Town of Shaunavon Tax Incentive Policy

Tax Incentive Application