Finance FAQs

Shannon Bell, Director of Finance
Tel: (306) 786-1721
Fax: (306) 786-6880
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Property Taxes FAQ Assessment FAQ Utilities FAQ

Property Taxes

When are property taxes due?
The City of Yorkton tax year runs from January 1st to December 31st with the property taxes due June 30th of each year.

When are tax notices mailed out?
Taxes notices are mailed out in May.

How do I  pay my taxes?

Mail Send a cheque or money order to City of Yorkton, P.O. Box 400, YORKTON, SK   S3N 2W3.
In Person At the City Office at 37 Third Avenue North between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. CST Monday to Friday
Post Dated Cheques On or before date due.
Drop Box Payment May be made in the Ticket slot in the lobby of City Hall at 37 Third Ave. North
Interac Payment may be made by Interac at City Hall - we do not accept credit cards
Online

Payment may be made online through your bank.  Register your ten digit Roll # with your bank, and they will notify our office when payments are made. 

Telephone Banking With any financial institution that has arrangements with the City of Yorkton
TIPPS program Click here for application
Credit Card Payment through third-party service provider "Plastiq" Click here for link to Plastiq - note 2.5% service fee is added to your total

What happens if I do not pay my tax bill?
If your current year's taxes remain unpaid after June 30th, you will be charged a monthly penalty of .5%.   If your taxes remain unpaid after December 31st, your property is deemed to be in arrears and the penalty increases to 1% per month.

If the taxes remain in arrears a tax lien will be placed on your  property.  This means the City has the right to pursue options under the Tax Enforcement Act, including any or all of the following:

  • civil action
  • seizures of rent
  • take title of the property

Is there any discount for paying early?
No.  Effective with the 2013 tax year, prepayment notices will NO LONGER be sent in January.  The Saskatchewan government has eliminated discounts to the education portion of the property taxes which lead to the city's decision to eliminate early payment discounts as well. 

Why do I pay school taxes when I don't have children or I am a senior.
All property owners, whether they have children attending school or not, are required by Provincial law to pay school taxes.

The prosperity and general well-being of society, or the community at large, is directly related to the education of its people.  For that reason, the costs of education are deemed to be the responsibility of everyone.

While the City of Yorkton bills and collects school taxes, the municipality has no jurisdiction or control over school board budgets or operations.

For more information please contact the local school board offices at the following numbers:           

 

Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division

  (306) 783-8787
 

Good Spirit School Division

  (306) 786-5500

Can I appeal my taxes?
No.  Provincial legislation allows for an appeal against the assessment of a property, but it does not provide for an appeal against the taxes, or mill rate of a municipality.

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Assessment

What is assessment?
Fair value is determined by following the formulas, rules, principles and regulates set out in Provincial legislation and the Saskatchewan Assessment Manual.

Why would my property's fair value change?
Fair values change for various reasons, such as:

  • additions, upgrades or other buildings changes have been recorded

  • buildings have been removed or replaced

  • a land subdivision has occurred

Where do you get the information to calculate my fair value assessment?
The City of Yorkton contracts the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency to review information  about your property obtained from building permits, physical inspections, land title information and sales data to arrive at a Fair Value for your property.

For more information on the calculation of fair value please visit the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency web site.  (www.sama.sk.ca)

Why is my assessment different from my neighbour's?
Each property is assessed according to Provincial Legislation and the Saskatchewan Assessment Manual, and size, quality of the structure, additions, extra bathrooms, year built and garages all impact the fair value.  The location of the home as well as the size of the lot may also affect the fair value.

What do I do if I disagree with my assessment?
Owners of property who disagree with its assessed value of classification may appeal to the local Board of Revision.

Appeals may be made if you believe there has been an error in your property's valuation or classification.

When do I appeal?
Each municipality annually prepares an assessment roll and provides notice of its completion in a local newspaper.  Within thirty (30) days of the assessment roll being advertised you must give your completed notice of appeal to the secretary of the Board of Revision.  This can be done personally or by ordinary or registered mail.  You must ensure that the appeal notice is in the hands of the secretary of the Board of Revision within the 30 day period.

For more information please contact the Secretary of the Board of Revision at (306) 786-1736.

Can I base my appeal on the fact that I feel my taxes are too high?
No.  Provincial legislation outlines what are considered valid grounds of appeal, and taxes, or the mill rate, are not a valid read for appeal.

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Utilities

How do I set up a water account?
To set up your water account you must come into City Hall to sign a Work Order and Water Contract.

Is there a connection fee?
All renters and commercial water accounts require a $150.00 deposit. This deposit must be paid within 24 hours of the account being activated or services will be discontinued.  There is a $20.00 connection fee added to the first bill every time you change residences.

What happens to the deposit when I move?
When a renter disconnects their water service the deposit is applied against the final bill and if there is a credit a refund cheque is issued.    If you are transferring service to another property and will be renting again we can transfer the deposit you initially paid, however the difference between that deposit and the current deposit amount of $150.00 is required. 

For example, if you initially paid $100.00, we would transfer the $100.00 and you are required to pay the difference of $50.00 prior to services being activated.

How often does the City read water meters?
Meters are read three times a year.  The bills alternate between actuals and estimates. 

Estimates are arrived at by taking an average of the consumption of previous bills.

Customers are encouraged to phone in their meter reading to (306) 786-1739. On the water bill there is a section at the bottom called "important notes", this will give the date as to when the readings should be phoned in.

How often are we billed and what are the rates?
Water bills are issued every two months. The rates are:

  • Basic Rate for Residential:  $10.45/month, or Commercial:  $42.85/month.
  • Recycling Fee:  $6/month per residential unit
  • Garbage Fee:  $10.65/month per residential unit
  • Water consumption is metered at a rate of $13.10/1000 gallons for both residential and commercial accounts.

Is there a minimum billing amount, or base rate?
The minimum billing amount for residential accounts is $54.20/bi-monthly bill which includes the base rate, recycling fee, and garbage fee.

The commercial base rate is $85.70/bi-monthly bill.

When is my water bill due?
Water bills are due within 30 days of issue.

Can I get my bill by e-mail instead of regular mail?

Yes, customers can sign up for e-billing by submitting this application to City Hall: e-Bill Application

How do I pay my water bill?

Mail Send a cheque or money order to City of Yorkton, P.O. Box 400, YORKTON, SK   S3N 2W3.
In Person At the City Office at 37 Third Avenue North between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. CST Monday to Friday
Post Dated Cheques On or before date due. 
Drop Box Payment May be made in the Ticket slot in the lobby of City Hall at 37 Third Ave. North
Interac Payment may be made by Interac at City Hall - we do not accept credit cards
Online and Telephone Banking With any financial institution that has arrangements with the City of Yorkton
Pre-Authorized Payments Enroll to allow the City of Yorkton to automatically withdraw the full amount of your water bill directly from your financial institution.  To apply click here and complete the form.
Pre-Authorized Payments Cancellation Form Click here to open the form to cancel your pre-authorized utility payments.
Credit Card Payment through third-party provider "Plastiq" Click here for link to Plastiq - note 2.5% service fee is added to your total

My water bill has always been consistent. Now it is suddenly very high. Why?
A sudden rise in your water bill may be due to a number of reasons including:

  • Plumbing leaks in toilets and taps
  • Consecutive estimated readings followed by an accurate reading. (If your water usage was under estimated and your consumption for previous billing periods was higher, you may see an increase in your current water bill.)
  • An increase in the number of people living in the house resulting in greater water usage
  • A dry hot summer, resulting in higher consumption
  • An increase in the number of days in the billing period

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