Question Box: Will Property Taxes Decrease If Assessed Values Do?

When determining the amount of Property Taxes to be paid, the Assessed Value of the property is only part of the equation.

“Each year City Council approves the amount of expenditure needed to support City services. To get the amount of revenues required from property taxes, The City takes the overall expenditure and subtracts all other sources of revenue like business taxes, licence fees, user fees and provincial grants. The balance is the amount to be raised through municipal property taxes.  In order to calculate taxes, a tax rate is established. The tax rate reflects the amount of taxes to be paid for every $1 of assessed value.”  – City of Calgary website.

Your property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the tax rates: 

Property Tax bill

Assessment  x Municipal Tax Rate
Assessment x Provincial Tax Rate


Historical Tax Rates


If the City’s budgeted expenses are higher than the revenue that is to be collected, the tax rate will be increased to make up for the shortfall.   Even if the assessed value of your property is lower than the previous year, you can still be paying more in taxes because of the increased tax rate your assessed value is calculated with.

Here are some news articles to browse through if you’re interested in more information:

For more information on Property Taxes, TIPP, and your Assessments, visit the City Of Calgary website.


Mike Fotiou
First Place Realty

One response to “Question Box: Will Property Taxes Decrease If Assessed Values Do?

  1. Update: newest article regarding Calgary’s tax assessments.

    Calgary Herald, January 3, 2009
    Tax Bills Won’t Drop As Much As Assessments

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