Property taxes are the main source of revenue for most municipalities and schools. The ability to deliver services depends on a stable assessment base.

To determine property tax, the taxable assessment is multiplied by the mill rates set each year. The municipal mill rate is determined based on the annual budget after considering all other sources of revenue. Municipalities may also apply mill rate factors and/or adopt a minimum or base tax. The education mill rate is established by the province. Separate school division may elect to retain authority to establish their own mill rate.

Taxable assessment x local mill rate(s) + minimum or base tax = property taxes

2017 Municipal Tax Levy

  • Base tax: $615.00
  • Garbage/Recycling Fees $180.00
  • Future Wastewater Treatment Levy $75.00
  • Recreation Facility Levy $25.00
  • Residential mill rate: 4.90 mills
  • Commercial mill rate: 5.70 mills
2017 School Tax Levy
  • Agricultural mill rate: 1.43 mills
  • Residential mill rate: 4.12 mills
  • Commercial/Industrial mill rate: 6.27 mills
  • Resource (oil and gas, mines and pipelines) 9.68 mills

Property Tax Payment Deadline

The deadline for payment of property taxes is July 31 of each year.

Penalties

Penalties of 1% will be assessed as of August 1 on all outstanding taxes from the current year. Penalties continue to be levied against all outstanding taxes on the first of each subsequent month, until the balance is paid in full. Outstanding taxes become arrears January 1st of the following year and continue to be penalized. Arrears may be subject to tax enforcement proceedings.

Payment Options

  • In Person at City Hall
  • Cash, debit or cheque accepted.
  • Online & Phone - Please contact your bank for assistance in setting up online and phone payments. Note: Three to five business days are required for payment to be processed. If payment is not received in our office due to this reason before the deadline, we will not waive penalties.
  • TIPPS (Tax Installment Payment Plan Service Program - TIPPS offers equalized monthly property tax payments. Late payment penalties will not apply to TIPPS users.
  • Sign up for TIPPS
  • Withdraw from TIPPS

This form must be received by the City at least two weeks prior to your next payment date.If payments are dishonoured as N.S.F., you will be subject to a $15.00 Service Charge. In the event of three (3) such dishonoured payments, you will be discontinued from the T.I.P.P.S. plan.

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Property Assessment

Property assessment is not the same as property tax.

Property assessment is the process of determining a property’s assessed value for property tax purposes as of a specific date. Assessed value is not market value, however, for most properties it is close to the average market value in an area. Once SAMA has determined the “assessed value” of a property, it is then multiplied by a percentage of value established by the provincial government for that type of property. The result is the property’s “taxable value”. Local municipalities and school divisions then multiply the “taxable value” by their corresponding mill rates to produce property tax levies, and added together with applicable base or minimum taxes for the total tax levy. The classes of property and their percentages of value revised by the provincial government for 2017 are:

  • Agricultural 55%
  • Residential 80%
  • Multi-Unit Residential 80%
  • Seasonal Residential 80%
  • Commercial & Industrial 100%

Annual Assessment

Preparation of the annual assessment roll is completed on or before April 1 of each year. Once completed, assessment notices are sent out by ordinary mail and advertised in the local newspaper. All property owners can appeal their assessed value each year, however, only properties with assessment changes will receive a notice by mail.

The Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) co-ordinates a full revaluation of all properties in the province every four years.  The previous revaluation was completed in 2013 using January 1, 2011 as the base date (the date to which the assessed values are related).  The next full revaluation is this year in 2017 and will use January 1, 2015 as the base date.

Assessment Notices

The assessment notice shows the assessed and taxable value of your property for both the previous and current year for comparison purposes. The Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency provides the City with a “field sheet” for each property that they assess. We encourage everyone to come into the City Office to review your “field sheet” to determine how your property is assessed. Each year the assessment roll is open to inspection for the public for a period of 30 days (60 days in a revaluation year).

ASSESSMENT APPEALS

If you feel an error has been made in your assessment or classification, you can appeal. An appeal form is enclosed with the assessment notice. You must file your appeal within 30 days of the mailing and/or advertising of the assessment notice. This can be done in person, or by ordinary or registered mail to: The Assessor, City of Martensville, Box 970, Martensville SK S0K 2T0. There is a $100 fee which is refundable if your appeal is successful.

Only your property assessment can be appealed, not taxes or mill rates. Appeals cannot be based on the fact that you feel your taxes are too high. The grounds for appeal must be detailed. It is your responsibility to make a case to the board of revision.

Questions regarding your assessment can be directed to City Hall at 931-2166, or call SAMA directly at 933-5385, or visit the SAMA website.

Revaluation

  • The Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) coordinates a full revaluation of all properties in the province every four years.
  • The previous revaluation was completed in 2013.
  • Information on 2017 Revaluation

Once SAMA has determined the value of a property, it is then multiplied by a percentage of value established by the provincial government. The result is the property’s taxable assessed value. The classes of property and their percentages of value, revised in 2017, are: 

  • Agricultural 55%
  • Residential 80%
  • Multi-Unit Residential 80%
  • Seasonal Residential 80%
  • Commercial & Industrial 100%
  • Assessment x Provincial “Percentage of Value” = Taxable Assessment
For further information regarding the Revaluation visit SAMA
  • SAMAView allows the general public access to individual property assessments.

PLEASE NOTE: An appeal against your assessment value does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties. If an appeal is successful, an adjustment will be made to your account and the appeal fee will be refunded.

New for 2018- Commercial Business & Property Abatement Program 

The City of Martensville is providing further support to local businesses affected by the Province of Saskatchewan’s mandated property revaluation process in 2017 through a new Commercial Business and Property Abatement Program.  Check here for details on eligibility and entering into the program. 

Tax Support

School Division Support

To declare your support to the separate school division, please complete the appropriate form and return to the City of Martensville office. Please note that a signed declaration form for each owner of the property who wishes to declare their school support must be completed. An undeclared property owner will be deemed to be a public supporter.

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