Financial Services & Taxation
The Finance Services Department is responsible for financial record keeping, reporting, and safekeeping of municipal assets and investment of municipal funds. The Chief Financial Officer, with the assistance of three accounting clerks and one tax clerk, perform all duties associated with property tax, utility notification and collection, accounts payable and receivable, grant administration, budget analysis reporting, payroll and human resources, production of financial reports, and maintaining financial records. The Finance Services Department can be reached at the County Administration Office at 5303 – 50th Avenue, Lamont, or by telephone at 780-895-2233 or Toll Free 1-877-895-2233.
Financial ReportsDownload a copy of the 2018 Financial Statements (.pdf)
Financial reports for the current and past years are also available at the Administration Building upon request.
Property TaxesDownload the 2019 Tax Rate Bylaw
Lamont County derives the majority of its revenue to operate on from property taxes. Property taxes are calculated based on a market value assessment that is established by an accredited Assessor. The market value assessment is multiplied by a tax rate established by bylaw. There is a penalty added on all unpaid taxes after January 1st. There is also a penalty added to the current year’s taxes that remain unpaid as of July 1.
Taxes are due in full by June 30th of the same year. A late penalty charge of 10% will apply to current taxes outstanding after this date and if taxes are still outstanding on January 1 a further 10% penalty is applied to the balance.
Assessment Questions can be directed to our Assessors, Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 780-464-4655, www.aag-gis.com.
1. Where do my taxes go?
2. Why did my taxes increase?
3. Why do I pay for education taxes?
4. How can I appeal my assessment?
5. I am having difficulty paying. Can I make an arrangement?
6. When are tax penalties applied?
7. What forms of payment are there?
8. What is a property assessment?
9. What does the Municipal Government Act define as property?
10. What other forms of revenue does a municipality have?
Avoiding Long Line-upsHere are some options that will eliminate having to wait in line on tax due dates.
I. TIPP - Tax Installment Payment PlanLamont County is offers taxpayers the ability to pay their property taxes in monthly installments by pre-authorized withdrawals from their bank account, rather than in one single payment.
Download the TIPP Application Form
A. WHY SHOULD YOU USE IT?
- Easier budgeting because it breaks the annual tax payment into 12 monthly payments
- Convenient & reliable form of payment; no rushing to get to the office on due date
- No penalties on balances, provided payments are not missed
- Saves on cost of postage and travel
B. HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Payments start in January and are withdrawn from your bank account on the 15th of every month
- Each monthly payment for the first half of the year is equal to 1/12th of the tax levy from the previous year
- Then for the second half of the year your payment is re-calculated based on the current year’s tax levy, less the amount already paid
- Once you have signed up for the Payment Plan you are automatically enrolled each year
C. WHO CAN USE THE TIPP PROGRAM?
D. WHEN DO I APPLY?
Payments cannot begin part way through the year, as taxes are based on the calendar year.
E. HOW DO I APPLY?
F. WITHDRAWL OR CANCELLATION?
The County Manager may cancel a taxpayer's privilege of continuing in the Plan if two installments fail to be honored in any year.
If you withdraw, or Lamont County cancels your participation in the plan, the unpaid balance of taxes, if any, shall then be due and payable in full and shall be subject to penalties normally calculated for unpaid taxes.
Any payments that are dishonored by the bank are subject to a $25.00 surcharge.
II. Postdated ChequesYou can pay your taxes with a postdated cheque to the tax due date. This will allow County staff time to check your payment. Staff can notify you prior to the due date if there are any issues with your payment. The payment is not processed or deposited in the bank until the date of the cheque.
III. Payment drop boxThere is a payment drop box located on the wall to the right (west) of the Administration Building front door. Place your cheque in an envelope and drop it in the slot. Your payments will be processed promptly each morning (Monday to Friday). (NO CASH PLEASE!)
IV.Through Internet Banking or in Person at Most Financial InstitutesLamont County is now registered with most Chartered Banks and Financial Institutions. This enables residents to make online payments through their bank for property taxes and accounts receivable. Go to the Online Payments page for more information.
V. By Credit Card using the OptionPay SystemLamont County is now allowing payment with select credit cards through the OptionPay System. This can be done online or at the Administration Office at 5303 50th Avenue, Lamont. OptionPay uses a tiered fee schedule with a minimum fee of $2.00.
Declaration of School SupportBy provincial legislation, all individuals who own property located within a municipality where both a public school district and a Roman Catholic separate school district exist, are required to complete a Declaration of School Support form when a property is acquired. An individual may declare their support at any time.
The purpose of collecting this declaration is to apportion the percentage of the school tax collected on the property to the appropriate school district according to the declaration of faith.
Download the School Support Form for Individuals
Download the School Support Form for Corporations