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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Red Deer County approves 2019 tax bylaw

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At the May 7 Council meeting, Red Deer County Council approved the municipal tax rate bylaw for 2019. Tax rates will vary on individual properties, and are based on their market value assessment. Changes to mill rates and special levies are listed below.  

There will be no changes to tax rates from 2018. This applies to all 3 major categories of land use. 

Category2018 Tax Rates2019 Tax Rates
Farmland7.94607.9460
Residential2.68162.6816
Non-residential*10.946510.9465

*Non-residential taxes are those calculated on commercial, industrial, machinery & equipment, as well as linear sectors. 

The Protective Services levies is increasing from the 2018 rate (0.5000, to 0.6500), while the Community Services levy will remain at 0.6000. The Environmental Services is being completely eliminated for 2019. 

According to County CAO Curtis Herzberg, “Red Deer County remains in a strong financial position. We will continue a very strong Capital Projects program, and ensure that residents and businesses have the levels of service they expect.” 

Mayor Jim Wood commented, “The zero increase in municipal tax rates shows that Red Deer County is truly a business friendly environment. By holding the line on taxes, we are encouraging new growth in all of our sectors.” 

While the Province requires municipalities to collect education taxes on its behalf, municipalities have yet to receive the requisition numbers for 2019. Therefore, Council has elected to leave the rates the same as 2018:  

*Residential & Farm Education tax rate 2.5594  
*Non – Residential tax rate 3.7794. 

The Seniors Housing Levy reflects the requisition charged by the Parkland Seniors Foundation. Based on calculations from their requisition, the Seniors Housing levy rate will be 0.0192 for this year. 

There is also Provincial requirement to include a Designated Industrial Property (DIP) levy in the tax rate bylaw. This levy is done on behalf of the Province of Alberta, and covers the cost to administer the new DIP program. The new  legislated DIP requisition rate is 0.0786.

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