Elec­tronic billing by­law for as­sess­ment and tax­a­tion passed

Lethbridge Herald - - Hometown News | Southern Alberta - LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

Leth­bridge City Coun­cil has passed a by­law de­tail­ing the process for how As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion pro­vides elec­tronic trans­fer of doc­u­ments to the public.

Pass­ing the Elec­tronic Trans­mis­sion of Doc­u­ments for As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion By­law es­tab­lishes a for­mal, se­cure and trans­par­ent process on how the As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion depart­ment is col­lect­ing and us­ing tax­pay­ers’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, the City said in a news re­lease. The process is sim­ple, se­cure and 100 per cent driven by the tax­payer.

A prop­erty owner can cre­ate an ac­count on MyCity and reg­is­ter their prop­erty us­ing their roll num­ber and their se­cure, unique ac­cess code pro­vided to them on their As­sess­ment and Tax No­tices. Their email and in­for­ma­tion is used for As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses. If they choose to, they can also use their ac­count for per­mits, which in­cludes in­spec­tion re­sults, per­mit ser­vice re­ports, and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­lated to per­mit­ting.

All no­tices gen­er­ated cre­ate an ar­chive copy that is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to re­trieve show­ing what was sent, when and by who. Cur­rently, the City is only able to email tax no­tices. It is work­ing to­ward de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy to email the as­sess­ment no­tices and other As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion doc­u­ments in the fu­ture.

In 2018, the Tax depart­ment ad­ver­tised and ebilled tax no­tices for the first time with 110 e-bills be­ing sent. The fol­low­ing year, 729 were e-billed, and this year, the City al­most dou­bled that amount to 1,424 — with an­tic­i­pa­tion this opt-in ser­vice will con­tinue grow­ing.

Prop­erty own­ers can sign up to re­ceive their fu­ture prop­erty Tax No­tices by email or view their 2020 prop­erty tax no­tice and other tax and as­sess­ment in­for­ma­tion on­line at

For fur­ther ques­tions or in­quiries about As­sess­ment and Tax­a­tion, visit

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