How to File a Complaint

If you wish to file an assessment complaint, please follow these steps carefully:

  1. Each complaint must be set out on a form(s) specified by the Province. An Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Form is available at the Village of Barnwell office or the following URL:
  2. This form must be filled out completely, including the reasons for the complaint. Be prepared to present evidence at the hearing.
  3. A fee of $50 must be attached for each roll number complaint for processing and review. If the Assessment Review Board makes a decision in favour of the complainant (the person making the complaint), the fee paid by the complainant will be refunded.
  4. The form must be returned by the deadline specified on the front of the assessment notice to Wendy Bateman, Village of Barnwell, Box 159, Barnwell, AB, T0K 0B0.
  5. Complaints with an inappropriate or incomplete complaint form, submitted after the filing deadline and/or without the required fee, are invalid.

Complaints must be made on or before the final date of complaint as indicated on the front of the assessment notice. This date is a legislated time limit and cannot be extended under any circumstances.

To avoid penalties, taxes must be paid on or before the deadline specified on the tax notice —even if a complaint is filed. If a complaint is successful, the adjustment will be applied to the tax roll. Refund requests must be made in writing.

Pursuant to Section 308(5) under subsection (4) of the Municipal Government Act, the Assessment Review Board has no jurisdiction over complaints about assessments for linear property.

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