Paying Your Taxes
Due to the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City is providing options that will give some short-term financial relief to those who need it, including the ability to apply to have penalties on tax balances deferred until Sept. 30, 2020.
City of Spruce Grove property taxes are levied in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. Annual levies cover the period from January 1 to December 31 of the current year and are mailed in May of each calendar year. Payments are due June 30. Your entire tax bill can be paid at any time, but there is no discount for early payment.
If you haven't received your tax bill by the second full week of June, please contact us by phone at 780-962-7634 ext 119 or by email.
Our convenient monthly pre-authorized payment plan is an easy and effective way of budgeting for your property taxes and avoiding late payment penalties.
Complete the pre-authorized tax payment form and attach a void cheque or a direct debit form from your financial institution. The application is also available at City Hall. Submit the completed forms by email, by mail or through our after hours mail slot beside the main doors on the southeast side of City Hall.
Equal monthly payments will be withdrawn directly from your bank account on the 17th of each month. From January to May, the monthly withdrawal is estimated based on the previous year’s property taxes. Your monthly payment will be adjusted in June, and will be stated on your annual Property Tax Notice.
To find out your balance and installment amounts, or to cancel your pre-authorized payments call us at 780-962-7634 ext. 119. When pre-authorized payments are cancelled, all taxes become due on June 30 of the current year.
Include the remittance stub with your payment to ensure that it is credited to the correct tax account and mail it to Spruce Grove City Hall.
At this time, we are encouraging residents to make payments through online banking, or by using our secure drop box.
You may pay by cheque or money order payable to The City of Spruce Grove at City Hall. Record your tax roll number on your cheque or money order. Your payment may also be deposited in the mail slot beside the main doors on the southeast side of City Hall. You may post-date your cheque to on or before June 30. Credit cards are not accepted for tax payments.
Always include the remittance stub with your payment to ensure that it is credited to the correct tax account.
At your financial institution
Payments made through your financial institution are not automatically received by the city. To avoid late payments and the associated fees make your payment by this method at least three business days before the penalty date.
You may also use your financial institution’s telephone or internet banking services. Be sure to enter your tax roll number when using this method to ensure your payment is applied to the correct account.
After the due date has passed, a penalty of 2.5 per cent of the unpaid balance is applied to your tax bill on the first of each month.
If taxes are in arrears for more than a year
Under the Municipal Government Act, a municipality can file a Tax Recovery Notification against the title of any property where taxes are in arrears for more than one year. Notifications are filed before April 1 of each year. All costs incurred in the tax recovery process are charged against the property on which the notification is filed.
If taxes remain unpaid by March 31 of the year following the filing of a Tax Recovery Notification, the property will be offered for tax recovery sale by public auction.