Each year the municipal council sets the mill rates, base and minimum tax amounts during their budget meetings. The property tax notices are sent out at the end of July each year. The maximum discount amount is given to those who pay their taxes by the end of September. Tax amounts are due by the end of the calendar year and any amounts left owing after that date incur a one percent per month interest rate.
During the 2014 budget meetings, Council set the mill rate at 14.2, implemented a minimum tax of $800 on residential properties with improvements, and set a mill rate factor of .67 on the residential improvement property class and 1.1 on the commercial property class. This translates into increases of municipal taxes by 6.8% on agricultural and commercial properties and 2.3% on residential properties. The school division mill rates as set by the province remain unchanged for 2014.
Council will continue to use the tax tool referred to as “Base Tax”. There is a base tax of $100 applied to every agricultural land parcel and $25 applied to every residential land parcel. These rates represent an overall increase of 6.4% in the 2014 budget. The effect on individual properties will vary so if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the municipal office. Council is faced with costs set by other parties that are associated with essential services for its rate payers such as policing, garbage, emergency response, to name a few, as well as, the regular maintenance and repairs to the road system.
If there are changes to the assessment of your land or property, you will receive a new assessment notice sometime in May. Every ratepayer has the opportunity to appeal their assessment if they disagree with the value. The assessment appeal form is on the back of the assessment notice.
Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency
Saskatoon Regional Office
Tel: 306-933-5385 or
Toll Free 1-800-667-5203
Paying Your Taxes
If you bank with Affinity Credit Union then add the RM of Laird #404 as a vendor. You will need to have a 4 digit number for the account number, use owner number which is the number in brackets behind your name on your tax notice. You will have to add zero(s) to the front of the number if yours does not have 4 digits.
Interac E-Transfers under the person’s online banking with their financial institution. Go to Transfers / Interac E-Transfer. Recipient email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Security question needs to be confirmed with the R.M. and the answer which allows the R.M. to deposit the funds. Please keep security questions and answers simple, i.e. “What is your favorite color”.