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City Statement on Alberta Tax Rate Article
Posted Date: 10/3/2018

In regards to the recent article that was published in the Edmonton Journal and also appeared on Global News, the City of Grande Prairie is of the opinion that the report has some inaccurate and misleading information contained within it. The City of Grande Prairie’s 2016 Tax Rate, which was used in the report, was 1.1869%, not the 1.48% that was reported. The City of Grande Prairie’s 2018 tax rate, which should have been used in the report, is 1.28645%.  

A municipality’s tax rate is only half of the equation when it comes to property taxes. The other half is the assessment. The same home in each municipality will be worth a different amount depending on the market in each municipality. To get an accurate picture of what a typical home in each municipality pays, the report should have multiplied the municipality’s tax rate against the typical home price. To compare Canmore’s tax rate to Grande Prairie’s is not fair as the typical home in Canmore is worth over double that of a home in Grande Prairie.

The City of Grande Prairie has corrected Grande Prairie’s, Camrose’s and Leduc’s tax rates as they were reported incorrectly, and then calculated what the property tax is on the average home price in each municipality. Once the property tax is calculated on the average home price in each community, Beaumont, Leduc, Edmonton, Canmore, St. Albert and Chestermere have a higher average home tax than Grande Prairie.

 

City

Avg Home Sale Price

2018 Tax Rate

Rank Tax Rate

Taxes on Avg Home Sale

Rank Taxes Avg Home Sale

Fort McMurray

$369,553

4.7454

1

$1,753.68

1

Airdrie

$355,548

6.6878

4

$2,377.83

2

Stony Plain

$281,471

8.666

12

$2,439.23

3

Medicine Hat

$269,184

9.285

17

$2,499.37

4

Cold Lake

$342,906

7.5062

6

$2,573.92

5

Strathmore

$306,600

8.489

10

$2,602.73

6

High River

$306,298

8.9679

15

$2,746.85

7

Sylvan Lake

$321,393

8.911

14

$2,863.93

8

Lloydminster

$307,941

9.6803

19

$2,980.96

9

Cochrane

$422,562

7.14

5

$3,017.09

10

Calgary

$483,192

6.3573

3

$3,071.80

11

Lethbridge

$279,120

11.1067

23

$3,100.10

12

Red Deer

$335,217

9.2854

18

$3,112.62

13

Fort Saskatchewan

$406,224

7.8944

8

$3,206.89

14

Camrose

$300,702

10.8678

22

$3,267.97

15

Spruce Grove

$387,551

8.5746

11

$3,323.09

16

Okotoks

$460,833

7.838

7

$3,612.01

17

Grande Prairie

$284,135

12.8645

24

$3,655.25

18

Beaumont

$409,182

9.0016

16

$3,683.29

19

Leduc

$379,794

9.746

20

$3,701.47

20

Edmonton

$436,615

8.6869

13

$3,792.83

21

Canmore

$733,128

5.2662

2

$3,860.80

22

St Albert

$413,190

10.5199

21

$4,346.72

23

Chestermere

$556,875

8.166326

9

$4,547.62

24