Property Taxes and Assessment

2018 is not a Revaluation year, meaning Assessment Notices will be mailed out only to those property owners who saw a change in the past year (building or demolishing). This doesn't mean that your assessed value can't be appealed.  If you missed the 60 day period in which you could appeal last year, there will be a 30 day period (once the Assessment Roll is open - estimating end of March 2018) to do so this year.  

2017 Property Taxes

Tax notices were mailed the last week of August. Because notices were so late getting out this year, no penalties will be applied until October 1, 2017 (this year only).

As most people are aware this was a revaluation year, which means all the properties in the Province saw a change in the value of their property.  In Osler, the average (putting all the decreases and increases together) in home values was 2%.  This is just the average, however.  There were a few properties that saw as much as a 30% increase. Unfortunately for those property owners, they will see a fairly big hike in their tax amount for both municipal and school.  Many people, on the other hand, saw their tax bill go down substantially.   This is quite typical in a revaluation year, it’s simply not possible to choose a mill rate that will affect a small increase or decrease for every property, when some values went down and some went up as much as $90,000.  If anyone has questions or concerns or hasn’t received a Tax Notice yet, please call the Town Office, 306-239-2155 

Penalties are added to the current year's taxes at the rate of 1% per  month from Sep 1 to Dec 1.  A 1.85% compounding penalty will be added to arrears of taxes (after Dec 31st). The postmark is used to identify payment date.   A drop slot is located in the foyer of the Town Office.

Click Here to See the Power Point Presentation "Where Do My Taxes Go?"

2017 Property Tax Bylaws: Click to view

Other Information Respecting Tax and Assessment

  • The Town of Osler uses a base rate for all land and buildings
  • It is very difficult to compare individual tax bills from one community to another as different communities use different methods of taxation (i.e. base tax/minimum tax) and assessed values can vary greatly from one community to another
  • The size of the lot you live on has very little effect on the amount of your taxes
  • The majority of the assessed value, and thus the majority of the amount of tax you pay,  is based on the improvement (your home, garage, and outbuildings)
  • Newer homes will generally have a higher assessed value than older homes
  • Two houses that have the same general appearance on the outside will not necessarily pay the same amount of tax as the assessed values could be quite different
  • Please do not assume because a neighboring community has a lower mill rate, that the taxes are lower in that community.  Remember that property values in other communities might be higher, allowing them to have lower mill rates.  For instance, generally speaking Warman and Martensville assessments are approximately 20% to 25% higher than in Osler, due to using a market approach. So if your property has an assessment of $400,000 here in Osler, in Warman that same property might be assessed from $480,000 to $500,000

Please feel free to stop by the office or call, if you have questions about your taxes or would like to know more about how they are calculated

It would be good to call ahead and make an appointment with Sheila if you would like to have an extended conversation and explanation in this regard