Property values are updated every four years. The Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) conducts a full revaluation of all properties in the province to co-ordinate with a new base date.
The annual assessment notices advising of a change in property assessment are mailed to property owners in the District of Lakeland typically during the month of May.
The Assessment Notice is the official notice of the assessed value of your property as determined by Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA). SAMA makes every effort to ensure property assessments are done fairly and accurately. However, if you feel that an error has occurred, The District can help you review your assessment. If you disagree with the property value established by SAMA, there is a formal appeal process available to you.
How Do I Know If the Assessed Value of My Property is Correct?
Perhaps the best way to check your assessment is to compare it with homes or properties that you feel are similar to your property. Where possible the Municipality will make available comparative information used to arrive at the assessed value of the property – as long as this information is not considered private or confidential in nature.
What Can I Do if I have Concerns About My Property Assessment?
Your first step should be to find out how your property was assessed. You can contact SAMA directly in Melfort at 1-800-216-4427. An appraiser from SAMA will be available to discuss your assessment with you and explain to you how it compares to other properties.
If I Still Have Concerns, Can I Appeal My Assessment?
Yes. You may appeal to the District Board of Revision, which is a body established by a number of Municipalities in the region that operates at arm's length to hear appeals on property assessments.
The assessment appeal fee is $25, which is refundable upon a successful appeal.
What is the Appeal Process?
An appellant is required to provide significant detail in a Notice of Appeal, which is attached to your Assessment Notice. Be sure to state specifically where you think the error is, and the nature of the error. The details required include all grounds on which the appeal is based, including:
- description of the valuation or classification allegedly in error;
- specific grounds on which it is alleged that an error exists; and
- summary of the material facts supporting the appeal.
The secretary of the Board of Revision is required to place on the Board list only those notices of appeal which include the above information. The Board of Revision is only concerned with whether or not the value of your property was assessed correctly. Your property assessment is made up of either a land assessment or a land assessment plus a building assessment (Impr). One or both of these assessments may be appealed.
When Are Appeals Heard?
If you submit an appeal, you will be notified in writing of the time and place of your appeal hearing. At that time, you will have an opportunity to restate your concerns to the Board of Revision.
What Will Happen if I Do Not Appear at the Board of Revision Hearing?
If you do not appear at the hearing, the Board of Revision will make a decision based upon the information they have available to them. If you do not attend the appeal hearing, you will not be able to appeal their decision. Written notice of the decision will be provided to you by the Secretary of the Board within 14 days after a decision has been reached.
Can I Appeal the Decision of the Board of Revision?
Yes. Either party may appeal. You may only appeal if you attended the hearing. You are entitled to make an appeal to the Provincial Assessment Appeals Committee.
Typically appeals must be received by April 30 in any given year. Contact the R.M. office for forms and further information.