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Are Property Taxes in Calgary too high?

Calgary Municipal Election

Property taxes in Calgary are split into two categories: Residential and non-residential, both of which have different rates.

Property taxes are set after council approves expenditures.  Tax rates are calculated to ensure that the revenue will meet the expenditure amount.

Three factors influence the amount of revenue taken by the city based on property taxes:

  1. The Tax Rate
  2. The Value of Property
  3. The number of properties.

In tax rates for the two types of properties are a combination of the municipal taxes and the provincial taxes.  Their individual and combined rates are shown below:

Residential property taxes1:

Year Residential % increase Residential % increase Total % increase
  municipal   provincial   residential  
2013 0.0037968 21% 0.0025253 -8% 0.0063221 8%
2010 0.003138   0.0027354   0.0058734  

Non-Residential Property Taxes1:

Year Non-residential % increase Non-residential % increase Total % increase
  municipal   provincial   non-residential  
2013 0.0109913 11% 0.0033047 -15% 0.014296 4%
2010 0.0099087   0.003885   0.0137937  

 

Taxes are Too High

Taxes are OK given services provided

Value for Service

Calgary City Council has done a poor job of separating 'wants' and 'needs'.  Tax increases to pay for 'wants' are unacceptable when they cannot be clearly justified or explained.  Council needs to better define and communicate their priorities before there are any more increases.

Value for Service

Tax increases in Calgary have been due to increases in costs for valid service.  Not everyone is going to agree that every service provided by the city is required, but there is no service that the city can cut without a backlash from individuals who use that service.

Tax Rate Comparison

The tax rate in Calgary has increased significantly over the last three years.  The residential rate has increase 21%, which combines with an average increase in property value of 8% to result in home owners paying 30% more than they were three years ago.

Tax Rate Comparison

The municipal tax rate may have increased but the provincial tax rate has gone down.  The overall increase in the tax paid by property owners in Calgary has only been 8%, which is not very high.

Calgary has one of the lowest tax rates in Canada.  A single family house will pay $1410 in taxes in Calgary, or $2161 in taxes in Toronto.  

Calgary Residential Property Tax

How do you feel about the current residential property tax levels?

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The current levels are OK.
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I would be willing to see property taxes increase in exchange for better services.
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The current levels are high, but that is OK for the short term while we deal with flood costs.
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The current levels are too high and should be immediately reduced.
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Undecided.
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Calgary Non-Residential Property Tax

How do you feel about current non-residential property tax levels?

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I would be willing to see property taxes increase in exchange for better services.
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Undecided.
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The current levels are OK.
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The current levels are too high and should be immediately reduced.
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The current levels are high, but that is OK for the short term while we deal with flood costs.
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References

1.   City of Calgary: Historical Property Tax Rates

2.   Beacon News: Calgary property tax hikes hot-button issue in civic election

3.   Naheed Nenshi: Straight Talk on Taxes

4.   City of Calgary Budget Info

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