Assessment - Definition
All Saskatchewan properties are assessed at mass market value as defined in The Cities Act, not individual property sales price value. The calculations used to determine mass market value are based on the formulas, rules, and regulations set out by Provincial legislation and in the Saskatchewan Assessment Manual and best practices.
Market value assessments are determined by reconciling all three approaches to value: Cost, Direct Comparison, and Income Approach (where applicable), to determine an aggregate value to all property. Assessors evaluate properties based on several variables to determine the value assessment. These variables include, but are not limited to:
- lot size
- building size
- construction quality
- age of the building
The assessed value of your property is the relative to the market value as of the base date and is based upon the characteristics and condition of the property as of January 1 of the current year.
The current assessment base date is January 1, 2019. This base date excludes any consideration of market impact beyond the December 31, 2018.
Revaluation occurs every four years, with the next scheduled in 2025, considering a base date of January 1, 2023.
For more information, please go to the SAMA website.
How your taxable assessment is calculated
A provincial percentage is applied to your property's value assessment to arrive at your taxable assessment. Your taxable assessment is the value used to calculate your property taxes. An example of a residential assessment is below:
Single Family Residence/Condominiums
Assessment X Provincial = Taxable Assessment
Value X Percentage (80%)
$100,000 X 80% = $80,000
The complete list of percentage of values for all property types can be found in The Cities Regulations (S13).
Each year, as required by legislation, the City opens its Assessment Roll for inspection. The Roll is a listing of the assessed values of all properties in Swift Current and contains:
- Property owner's name and mailing address
- Property address
- Whether the property is vacant or improved (buildings on the land)
- Market and taxable assessed values
- School support
- Provincial Assessment Classification
Questions about your Assessment
For incorrect mailing information, property information, or school support, or if you have questions or concerns about the information contained in your assessment, please contact the City of Swift Current Assessment Office at 778-2722. Our staff will be pleased to explain how your property's value was determined.
If after speaking to staff you still feel your assessment is in error, you can submit an appeal to the Board of Revision during the period the roll is open. Please visit our Appeals section for more information.
Property inspections by Assessors
The assessment staff visit each property in Swift Current to update the City's records relating to the property's physical characteristics and building(s). An Assessor may visit and assess a property when:
- a building permit has been issued for the property, which may require an inspection
- a property owner requests that an Assessor inspects their property
- the assessor finds a noticeable change in the property that can affect the property's value
- a property's assessment is being appealed. The Assessor may inspect the property to review issues raised in the appeal
- as part of a regular maintenance program
During the inspection, assessors may investigate both the interior and exterior of a home. If assessors cannot inspect the home's interior, they may leave a calling card asking the homeowner to contact the Assessment Division. The assessor may estimate quality of the interior of the property if they are unable to arrange an interior inspection.
Due to health restrictions, the Swift Current Assessment Department is not currently conducting property inspections. We rely upon conversations with property owners to ensure that our records remain up to date.
All City of Swift Current Assessors carry identification with them showing that they work for the City. The identification will be shown to homeowners upon request.