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St. Albert has highest residential property taxes in the area
 

Match the number on the map to the list below for utility and tax rates for Edmonton and municipalities in the capital region.

Photograph by: Keith Kobylka , Edmonton Journal

The June 30 deadline for paying property taxes is looming, and once again the amount owed by residents across the capital region varies widely.

 

Taxes are highest in St. Albert, where a relatively small industrial tax base means homeowners carry more of the burden, according to an informal Journal survey of 11 municipalities in the area.

 

Leduc County wins the contest for lowest residential property taxes on a typical single-family house.

However, these figures must be viewed cautiously; the way officials determine the “typical” home value varies.

Some calculate an average based on property assessments, while others do a back-of-the-envelope estimate for illustration purposes.

 

Counties may also offer different levels of service than in cities, such as fewer paved roads or storm sewers.

The City of Edmonton surveyed regional and national property taxes and utility costs for single detached houses for many years.

 

The last report in 2010 showed Edmonton’s combined charge of $4,728 was the sixth highest of nine local municipalities that took part.

 

Most expensive was St. Albert, at $5,987, while Fort Saskatchewan’s combined expense of $3,921 was lowest.

Communities listed in random order.

 

1. St. Albert


Typical house value: $425,000.

Total property taxes: $4,293

Increase from 2014: $74 (1.8 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, storm sewers, garbage, recycling.

Average monthly cost: $150.34

Increase from 2014: $24.66 (19.6 per cent, mainly for new charges to cover infrastructure repair and replacement).

 

2. Sturgeon County


Typical house value: $427,540

Total property taxes: $2,692

Increase from 2014: $109 (4.2 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water and sewage, not available to all homes.

Typical monthly cost: About $130

Increase from 2014: About $14, or 12 per cent

 

3. Fort Saskatchewan


Typical house value: $400,000

Total property taxes: $2,899

Increase from 2014: Unavailable

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewers, garbage, recycling.

Average monthly cost: $85-$90

Increase from 2014: $6 (about seven per cent).

 

4. Strathcona County


Typical house value: $439,000

Total property taxes: $3,037

Increase from 2014: $73 (2.5 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, storm sewer, garbage, recycling

Average monthly cost: $123.42

Increase from 2014: $3.89 (3.5 per cent)

 

5. Beaumont


Typical house value: $436,900

Total property taxes: $3,712

Increase from 2014: $205 (5.8 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, garbage, recycling

Typical monthly cost: $100

Change from 2014: Zero.

 

6. City of Leduc


Typical house value: $355,000

Total property taxes: $3,086

Increase from 2014: $92 (three per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, storm sewer, garbage, recycling

Average monthly cost: $42.68

Increase from 2014: $1.58 (3.8 per cent)

 

7. Leduc County


Typical house value: $410,000

Total property taxes: $2,349

Increase from 2014: $37 (1.6 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Virtually none; vast majority of homeowners handle own water, sewage and garbage services.

 

8. Parkland County


Typical house value: $485,424

Total property taxes: $3,004

Increase from 2014: $83 (2.8 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Limited water and sewer.

Typical monthly cost: Most residents have their own water and septic systems, so don’t use county utilities.

 

9. Stony Plain


Typical house value: $388,466

Total property taxes: $3,042

Increase from 2014: $10 (0.03 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, storm sewers, garbage, recycling

Typical monthly cost: $115.84

Increase from 2014: $7.46 (6.9 per cent)

 

10. Spruce Grove


Typical house value: $339,350

Total property taxes: $2,615

Increase from 2014: $87 (3.4 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water, sewage, garbage, recycling

Typical monthly cost: $111.43

Increase from 2014: $6.39 (6.1 per cent)

 

11. Edmonton


Typical house value: $401,000

Total property taxes: $3,108

Increase from 2014: $63 (2.1 per cent)

Municipal utilities provided: Water (through Epcor), sewage, storm sewers, garbage, recycling

Typical monthly cost: $126.13

Increase from 2014: $6.38 (5.3 per cent)

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