2025 Revaluation Year - this is the next scheduled Revaluation Year, where your current property is revalued based on actual market sales of comparable property up to a base date of January 1, 2023. Revalued assessments will be shown on the 2025 Assessment Notices in May 2025.
2023-2024 Reinspection - SAMA began reinspection of all property in the RM in Summer 2023. This is a physical review of each property for any new assessable property, removed (demo'd) buildings, change in use (e.g. commercial), etc. The form you received in the mail in Spring 2023 was to gather information about any changes in the property. The previous reinspection done in the RM of Invergordon was over 20 years ago! New assessments will be shown on the 2024 Assessment Notices in May 2024.
2021 is a "Revaluation Year" which means all property assessments will be revalued with a base date of January 1, 2019. As well, a new amendment to The Municipalities Act came into effect on January 1, 2021 removing the (Section 293) farm dwelling exemption in unorganized hamlets (Waitville, Tarnopol and Yellow Creek as a special service area, and also extends to the lakeshore developments) - this exemption had already been removed for organized hamlets.
The municipality plays a limited role in the assessed value of your property. SAMA (Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency) is the assessment provider for Saskatchewan municipalities. SAMA's website www.sama.sk.ca has detailed property reports and a wealth of information to assist the public.
Ultimately, the assessed value of your property and the municipal mill rate determines the amount of taxes you pay each year. Additional levies such as municipal hail, education property taxes and/or conservation & development area taxes also apply.
Appeals to the assessed value of your property can only be made when the Assessment Roll is open in April/May of each year. The fee to appeal is $50.00 per property, however this fee will be returned to you if your appeal is successful. Appeals are considered by the an appointed Board of Revision.
R.M. of Invergordon's Board of Revision consists of:
- Two (2) Council members from the R.M. of Birch Hills
- Two (2) Council members from the R.M. of St. Louis
For a comprehensive review of Assessment Appeals click the link to read the Government of Saskatewan's guide: Citizen's Guide to Assessment Appeals
Taxes are levied by August 1st with taxes due by December 31st each year. Discount is available for payment of taxes prior to December 1st.
Discount rate is as follows:
- 6% for payments in August
- 5% for payments in September
- 4% for payments in October
- 2% for payments in November
Payments for taxes and other accounts (water/sewer, custom work, tax certificates, etc.) can be made as follows:
- Mailed Cheque, can be post-dated;
- Cheque or Cash in person or deposited in our front door mail slot;
- Debit in the office;
- E-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (no password is required, funds are automatically deposited for security);
- NEW!! Pre-Authorized Debit PAD payments can be setup as a set amount each month on the 15th or 28th of each month, or as an estimate of current year's levy - you can even select to have it paid off by August 31 so you still get the full 6% discount! Contact us for more information or fill out the attached form and return to us to get setup! PAD Form
- Online Bank Bill Payment to "R.M. of Invergordon" (type in "Invergordon" if you have trouble finding us as a Payee)
- Credit Unions
- Royal Bank (RBC)
- Sorry we do not participate with TD Canada Trust (due to technical issues), as well as CIBC or BMO due to high monthly fees.
Account Number: use your customer number at the top-right of your Tax Notice.
Note: you may need to add zero(s) in front of your customer number as most banks seem to require at least 4 digits for Account Numbers.
If you aren't sure what your customer number is, or are having troubles submitting a payment, give the office a call or send us an email.
If you are sending a payment to be applied to multiple accounts, please submit each payment individually to ensure they are applied correctly.
Receipts are mailed to the address on file.
Tax Payment Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD)
As taxes are due by December 31 of each year, the RM commences its Tax Enforcement process, in accordance with The Tax Enforcement Act, in early February.
The guide below is a helpful tool in understanding the process of Tax Enforcement:
NOTE: unpaid custom work or utility charges are transferred to taxes as of December 31 of each year and form part of the taxes (in accordance with The Municipalities Act), and thereby are applicable to Tax Enforcement.
- Advertisement in local newspaper (The Journal)
- Cost of ad is added to taxes
- 60 days following Advertisement, a Tax Lien is registered onto title
- Cost of lien is added to taxes
- 6 months after Tax Lien, the Six Month Notice is issued by registered letter
- Cost of registered letter is added to taxes
- 6 months after Six Month Notice, one of two steps occur depending on the property's value
- Council may pass a motion to take title to the property, in lieu of tax arrears; or
- RM applies to the Provincial Mediation Board to take over tax-enforcement (cost of this application is added to taxes). PMB may give consent to the RM to take title to the property, in lieu of tax arrears (it is prudent you respond to ALL correspondence from the PMB to avoid consent being granted on account of no response).