Public Service Announcement - 2017 Assessment Notices
2017 Assessment Notices
MOOSE JAW - The City of Moose has issued the 2017 Assessment Notices. 2017 is a revaluation year for assessment, so your assessment will have changed.
Here are some things to consider when reviewing your Assessment Notice:
- The average increase in taxable assessment for commercial properties is 42.22% and the average increase for residential properties is 41.69%. So there isn’t any material shift in assessment between commercial and residential property classes this year.
- The City will remain revenue neutral overall which means the City will collect the same amount of tax dollars with these new assessed values as we did with last year’s values. This is before any municipal tax increases for 2017.
- The final amount of tax you will pay as an individual property owner will be dependent on how much your assessment increased and the tax policy decisions that City Council will make in the next month or so.
- Although Council’s tax policy decisions can affect the amount of tax a class of properties pay, in past reassessments, a rule of thumb is if you have an assessment increase above the average increase, then you likely will pay more in taxes in 2017.
- Council has the ability to shift the tax burden amongst classes of properties and will embark on a review of our tax policy and what the tax policy will be for the next 4 years in the near future.
- Most importantly, when our citizen’s get their Assessment Notices, it isn’t about how much your Assessment Notice increased, but rather it is about if they feel their assessments are correct or not.
- The best steps for them are to first go to SAMA’s website SAMAView and review their properties’ assessed characteristics. If they still have concerns after that, a visit to the SAMA offices at City Hall is recommended and then based on that information, they can make an informed decision about whether they wish to appeal their assessment or not.
- SAMAView can be found at http://sama.sk.ca/
- You have 60 days to appeal your assessment and an appeal can be initiated by contacting the City Clerk’s Department.
Brian Acker, Director of Financial Services
City of Moose Jaw
(306) 694 4478