Property Tax

Assessment: As with the majority of municipalities in Saskatchewan, the R.M. of Britannia No. 502 contract with the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) to calculate property assessments, which are used, in turn, to calculate annual tax levies for both municipal and school. Every 4th year is a provincial-wide Reassessment, and this is the case in 2017.

Tax Rates: The 2017 Municipal tax rates are 3.25 mills on agricultural property, 3.25 mills on residential property and 29.25 mills on commercial property. The SK Government decreased the school tax mill rates for 2017 to be: 1.43 mills on agricultural property, 4.12 mills for residential property, 6.27 mills on commercial/industrial property and 9.68 mills on resource (oil and gas, mines & pipelines). Tax notices are generally mailed in late July each year. Remember, if you have recently moved, please contact the R.M. office to ensure that your current mailing address is on our records.

Property Taxes are Due on December 31st of each year. There are no discounts on Municipal and School taxes this year.

Beginning January 1 of the year following the unpaid levy, or portion thereof, a penalty of 1% is added to any unpaid taxes on the first day of each month.

Payments: Payments may be made on taxes (or any other invoice from the R.M. of Britannia) in person at the office; we accept cash, cheque or debit card methods. Payments may also be mailed or dropped in the mailbox on the wall near the office’s front door. Finally, clients of Synergy Credit Union may pay tax levies or utility fees online using their owner’s numbers as reference (note: this can be found in brackets behind the owner name on the 2017 tax notices).

Please note: The taxes as levied apply to the calendar year, covering the period January 1 to December 31 in any given year. It is standard practice, when a property sale is processed through a law firm, that the taxes owing are adjusted at the time of a property sale.

If you have questions about your assessment and/or taxes, please be advised that you have a couple of options available. The SK Assessment Management Agency (SAMA), who is contracted to place values for assessment purposes, has a useful tool called SAMAView on its website (www.sama.sk.ca) that allows the general public access to all individual property assessment in order to allow comparisons. Another option is contacting the R.M. office to speak to the Assessor in order to check the details of what is assessed on your specific property, etc. Anyone wishing to check on the amount of the farmland residential exemption that may be applicable under section 293(e) of The Municipalities Act is also encouraged to contact the R.M. office.