Here we are again on the tax man’s doorstep. That dreaded day of April 30th just before midnight when all through the house not a creature was stirring, except the one looking for a stamp so they can get this all important tax document to the Receiver General in time.
We have all seen the commercials, the pain in our back side which is diagnosed as TAX PAIN, no cure, nothing they can do about it.
I am going to attempt to rationalize municipal taxation the best way I can. It is all based on our property assessment, and this year we are experiencing a revaluation of assessment. This means Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA), who has been hired to provide us with assessments, has taken a closer look at all properties. With all the current and up to date information, many of us have been given a much higher property assessment, which equates to a higher property value. This is good news for most people, but for some, the idea of having to possibly pay a higher tax bill, this news is not welcomed.
You received your assessment notices first, sometime in late winter, and you have a 60 day window to appeal your assessment with SAMA in a revaluation year, 30 days all other years. If you choose to accept the new assessment, this number will be one of the mechanisms in place to determine the amount you pay in municipal taxation.
Now that we have that all clear, next is the tax bill itself which comes out in late spring. In most cases when it is a revaluation year you will see a mill rate decrease to balance the higher valuation. Here in Warman for residential property we will see a mill rate of 5.9. This will mean for most residents there will be a slight decrease. Unfortunately for some, like the Spence residence we will see an increase because of the assessment catch up. So homes built earlier than the 90's will likely see a slight increase.
We must remember how important taxation is to the vitality of any community, especially a growing community. In these days where there are limited Federal or Provincial dollars, municipalities have had to rely heavily on our residents for municipal taxation. Increasing, maintaining infrastructure such as water, storm and waste, roadways, snowploughing in the winter, keeping them clean in the summer, fixing the potholes, paving repairs, parks, trees, grass, back alleys, new employees, the list goes on and on. There are also capital expenditures such as new equipment, building new roads from curb and gutter to pavement, paving existing roads, playgrounds, facilities, dog parks, again the list goes on. It is extremely difficult to pick the priorities when there are so many.
The 2013 Budget is now complete. We plan on talking about the budget, taxation and all the news of this exciting new City of Warman at our Community Ratepayers evening set for Tuesday, June 11th, 7:00 P.M. at the Brian King Center.
The perception of taxation is always negative no matter where it is discussed, or read about, however; where would our communities be without it. Even though we don't like that “Tax Pain”, as you can see it is an important piece in any community.
Please click on the following link to the City of Warman website for more information on property tax. http://www.warman.ca/index.aspx?nid=182
"The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax."
-- Lord Thomas Robert Dewar