Lacombe County residents should be on the lookout for their property tax notices for 2017. According to a media release from Lacombe County, property tax notices for County ratepayers were recently mailed out – they will be appearing in mailboxes this coming week.
The release stated that if you do not receive your 2017 tax notice by the end of June, you should contact Lacombe County’s Assessment Department at 403-782-6601.
Chief Assessor Larry Riep said Lacombe County encourages ratepayers to be proactive by making sure they have received their tax notices.
“To avoid all penalties, tax payments must be received by [the] last business day in August,” said Riep.
A six per cent penalty will be imposed upon property owners who miss the tax payment deadline:Sept. 1, 2017. The media release also disclosed that an additional 10 per cent penalty will be added on Dec. 1 for all taxes remaining unpaid after Nov. 30.
“Like other online bill payments, there may be a processing delay for online tax payments,” cautioned Riep. “so people who pay their taxes through electronic banking should not leave it until the last minute.”
The release stated that tax payments can be made at the property owner’s financial institution of choice or via online blanking. Payments can also be made in person at the Lacombe County Administration Office, or by mail.
An additional stipulation entailed in the release was that if ratepayers choose to send their payments by mail, they must ensure the payments are postmarked by Canada Post by Aug. 31, 2017 to avoid any late penalties.
These dates and penalties don’t apply to ratepayers who are enrolled in the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP).