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Market value is the most probable price a property might be expected to realize if it sold on the open market (by a willing seller to a willing buyer). Assessors do not create your property value. The marketplace determines the value of your property, and that value is the basis for property assessment.
In determining property assessments, assessors use sales records of similar properties to determine values. An excellent way for property owners to look at property values in Wetaskiwin is to review the real estate section of the newspaper and speak with local real estate agents.
It is agreed throughout North America that the market value assessment is the most fair and equitable way to assess a property's value. It ensures that homes with similar market values within the same neighbourhood and within the same city will pay similar property taxes.
Alberta was one of the last jurisdictions in North America to switch to market value assessment. The old assessment methods worked on an eight-year cycle and sometimes led to dramatic swings in property values. Market value assessment uses annual reassessments to minimize fluctuations.
Provincial legislation requires all municipalities to annually prepare a new assessment or evaluation for all properties located in each municipality at market value. Assessments are completed by July 1, prior to taxation.
Mass appraisal is the process of preparing assessments for a group of properties using standard methods, common data and allowing for statistical testing.
Currently, the number of cannabis retailers allowed within City limits is three (3). While cannabis retail stores are privately run, they sell provincially licensed products and must follow provincial guidelines for staff training and security. The City of Wetaskiwin is still reviewing the development permits for the three Wetaskiwin-based cannabis retail applications. Those wishing to purchase recreational cannabis in the interim can do so online through albertacannabis.org.
Wetaskiwin City Council has prohibited the public consumption of cannabis within the City of Wetaskiwin, which means you are only allowed to consume cannabis on your private property. Renters, condo-dwellers, and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing and smoking cannabis based on rules established in rental agreements and condominium bylaws. Any decisions related to restricting smoking and vaping of cannabis must be approved by City Council. Smoking and vaping will not be permitted in the following places throughout Alberta:- Vehicles- Cannabis retail stores- Anywhere smoking or vaping tobacco is already restricted (such as in public parks or in front of doorways)
For more information, please view the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
Medical cannabis is used by individuals with a prescription who purchase cannabis from licensed medical cannabis producers. Health Canada regulates and enforces the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The City of Wetaskiwin regulates the location of medical cannabis production facilities within its Land Use Bylaw. While medical cannabis is federally regulated, local users of medical cannabis must conform to the City of Wetaskiwin's bylaws pertaining to cannabis use (prohibited public consumption).
The federal government is responsible for regulating the growing of cannabis at home. Adults who are 18 or older can grow up to four cannabis plants, per residence (household) for personal use. Renters, or people living in condos or multi-family dwellings, may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.
For more information, please see the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
The City of Wetaskiwin will be updating its website as more information becomes available. If you have specific questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Wetaskiwin City Hall at 780.361.4400 to be directed to the appropriate department.
For more information, please see the Community Standards Bylaw 1916-18
As of end of day March 17, ALL City facilities have been closed to the public until further notice. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
The City is continuing to monitor the situation in regards to COVID-19 and will re-evaluate any decisions on an ongoing basis, with direction from Alberta Health Services.
As of end of day March 17, City Hall is closed to the public until further notice.
Wetaskiwin Family & Community Support Services can be contacted by calling 780.361.4425. You may have to leave a message which will be returned as soon as possible.
Call 780.361.4400 and you will be forwarded to the proper department, or provided with more information. You can call City Hall Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
As of March 19, 2020, all water disconnects have been postponed and no late fees will be applied to outstanding utility payments. City Council will re-assess this by June 30, 2020. For those wishing to continue paying their utility bills, here are your options:
The Manluk Centre’s Spring Break day camps have been cancelled, due to the City’s closure of public facilities. Registrants will be contacted by City staff as soon as possible in regards to issuing an account credit.
All programming at the Manluk Centre has been cancelled/suspended until further notice. City staff will contact registrants as soon as possible in regards to applying an account credit. Keep an eye out for an email. If you have not received one yet, please call 780-361-4444.
All monthly and annual memberships have been suspended as of March 13, 2020. Once the facility has reopened to public, memberships will be extended to cover the days it was closed.
If you had an event booked at the Manluk Centre after March 13, 2020, you can receive a refund.
As for how long the Manluk Centre will be closed, the City is continuing to monitor the situation and will re-evaluate any decisions on an ongoing basis, with direction from Alberta Health Services.
In order to help protect the public’s health during the #Covid19 pandemic, the City of Wetaskiwin has cancelled all Drill Hall bookings for the next six months. This is in line with the province’s public health advisories and recommendations surrounding mass gatherings. Those who had booked events at the Drill Hall over this time period will be contacted by City staff with additional details. Stay updated on what the City is doing about COVID-19 at http://www.wetaskiwin.ca/covid19
Visit www.wetaskiwin.ca/covid19 for all up-to-date information.
In order to protect the health and safety of the public and to comply with all provincial public health orders, all City-led events have been cancelled for the rest of 2020.
All the contact information for community groups is listed in our Community Service Directory.
You're always welcome to phone our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will help direct your call to the appropriate person or department.
Wetaskiwin has many fun things to offer visiting family and friends! We recommend that you check out our Visitor Guide for some great ideas.
Please call our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will be happy to connect you with the appropriate person or city department.
If you're interested in receiving updates and alerts from the City of Wetaskiwin, please visit www.wetaskiwin.ca/notifyme and sign up to set your preferences.
Wait until the hydrant flushing is done in your area and then run the cold water tap until the water runs clear. If you have a water softener and are experiencing discolored water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after hydrant flushing is completed in your area.
Remember rust colored water is safe, but it may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover.
If you were home when the flushing was going on and you turned on your water, your water may be discolored because you are drawing in the water as the city’s system is flushing it and stirring up the minerals and iron.
If your neighbors were not home all day and returned home in the evening and turned on their tap when no flushing was occurring, they most likely will not notice any discoloration.
The City of Wetaskiwin conducts water sampling every day, with bacteriological tests happening once a week as well. The City also takes requests for sampling from the public if they notice a strange taste or odor in their tap water. You can call the utility office at 780.361.4453 to request a water sample.
Sometimes residents who live beyond the limits of the area where hydrant flushing is being performed will notice rust-colored water. The City’s utility personnel are making every attempt to keep these impacts to a minimum while continuing to maintain safe drinking water.
Senior citizens who are local homeowners can apply to the government for tax relief as long as they have a minimum of 25% equity in their home. Visit www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca for more information. All other tax payment options can be discussed if required, however, penalties will be applied in non-payment situations.
As you would expect improved road, sidewalk and curb and gutter in front of your home may make your property more valuable, but no, the assessed value of your property will not increase as a direct result of the local improvement.
Property owners in your area will be asked to contribute a percentage of the cost of roads and sidewalks only. The utility work is funded through the City of Wetaskiwin utility reserve.
The local improvement charge is only charged to properties that are deemed to benefit from the proposed reconstruction. Notices are only sent to the residents where a local improvement is being considered. There is a specific order of events which either the City or Residents initiate a local improvement. Please refer to the Local Improvement Process.
The Infrastructure Surcharge Reserve (received through property taxes) is limited to use for maintenance of existing road infrastructure (overlays), sidewalk infrastructure (spot repairs or connectors), trail and park systems (trail overlays or extensions and existing park routine rehabilitation) and building envelope projects. Policy #1807: Infrastructure Surcharge, does not differentiate between use for city wide projects vs site specific locations.
No, the local improvement tax stays with the property and the remaining payments become the responsibility of the new owner, unless paid-out at the time of sale.
Yes, communities such as Ponoka, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Camrose, and Grande Prairie, to name a few, all use local improvement taxes.
Below is some information the City of Wetaskiwin has collected regarding other communities that have local improvement plans.
If you disagree with the road classification, please contact Legislative Services directly. They will explain how you can approach Council to have your concerns heard.
Any time! You can sign up at any point throughout the year. The City of Wetaskiwin utility office will assist you throughout the sign-up process.
Yes. The monthly utility payment program will renew automatically each year unless you call the utility department to cancel your subscription at 780.361.4453.
Yes. You will still receive a paper invoice every 2nd month so that you can keep track of your utility account. We are still looking into paperless e-billing, and will let you know when we have more information about that service.
It will vary from person to person. The amount of your monthly payment will be calculated by averaging the previous 12 months of your utility usage.
No. Your payment amount will be the same each month and will be withdrawn automatically from your bank account on the same day each month.
Your payment amount will be based on an average of your previous 12 months of usage. Some months when you are not using as much water, you may have a small credit in your account. This credit will be carried forward and will help to offset any higher water usage during months when your consumption is higher.
You will be responsible for paying any invoice amount over and above what your monthly payments cover. If there is still an amount owing on your account after your monthly payments have been applied, that unpaid balance will be subject to a 3% penalty if no payment is forthcoming.
Any adjustments to your monthly payment amount will be made once per calendar year. You will receive correspondence notifying you of any changes at this time.
Send an email to email@example.com to request for your group or organization to paint a crosswalk in Wetaskiwin.
Your group or organization must have a design in mind for the crosswalk in order to get an accurate quote on the cost of the paint and City labor involved. A sketch or photo of the intended design is recommended, and can be shared with your original request made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include if you would like a specific crosswalk location or not.
Once you make your request, City Administration will review the artwork and--if approved--will provide you with a quote on the anticipated cost. The road paint will only be ordered once approval is received by your group/organization (following the quoted cost). The City will then work with you to determine timelines for road closures in order for your group to paint the crosswalk.
Contact us with any additional questions at email@example.com.
The cost of the paint will depend on the design you choose (the number of different colours, etc.) and the number of crosswalks you want to paint.
The City will provide you with a quote, which will break down the cost of the paint as well as the cost of staff time associated with prepping the site (sweeping, etc.) and supervision required during the road closure. If the cost is above your group’s budget, you have the right to rescind your request and the paint will not be ordered.
Specialized road paint is necessary to adhere to the road surface and to ensure that the paint will be environmentally friendly. The City already has a supplier and can source and order the paint on behalf of your group or organization.
The City will assist by ordering the paint, preparing/sweeping the designated crosswalk, and arranging the road closure.
The group or organization must provide their own paint rollers, trays, tape, and any other supplies needed, as well as the labour required to conduct the actual painting.
There is no deadline to submit your request. The City will accept proposals at any time.
Actual application of the artwork on the crosswalk once approved will be weather dependent.
Any matters affecting life safety requires permits. Generally speaking, whenever building, adding on to, renovating or relocating a structure, you will require one of all of the following permits: Building, Electrical, Gas, Plumbing or Private Sewage.
The major benefit of obtaining a permit is knowing that the installation conforms to the safety standards that have been adopted under the Safety Codes Act of Alberta, and that inspections will be provided by a certified Safety Codes Officer.
You can contact any one of our Super Safety Codes’ offices and a Safety Codes Officer will be more than happy to answer your questions (1-866-999-4777).
Yes. A development permit deals with Municipal By-law requirements such as zoning, and any restrictions on what type of building you may be able to construct. Development permits are strictly issued by the Municipality.
A building permit ensures construction projects comply with the requirements of the Alberta Building Code. Receiving inspections during construction are also part of the building permit process. Building permits are issued by Superior Safety Codes and, in some instances, the Municipality.
Electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage permits may also be required depending on the nature of the project. Please consult one of Superior Safety Codes’ offices.
If you are hiring certified contractors to do the work, they should be obtaining the required permits.
If you are doing the work yourself, you can obtain the permits provided you are the owner and you live or will be living at the premises (some restrictions may apply).
Services include, but are not limited to, a plans examination report, technical advice, site inspections and reports and a final status report (Permit Services Report).
Permits are typically valid for one year, provided work is commenced within 90 days of permit issuance and the project is not suspended for more than 120 days and time extensions may be granted upon written request.
Providing you have not started the work and the permit has not expired, you may be entitled to a refund. A processing charge may apply.
We request that you give us at least 2 days-notice for proper scheduling.
A garage can be built on a slab providing it is no larger than 55 square meters. If you exceed 55 square meters then engineering will be required.
Yes. Your home was built off-site to a standard, however, the onsite work such as the foundation/or blocking, stairs and landing still fall under the Alberta Building Code requirements and need to be permitted.
You are only required to bring the effected systems up to today’s standards. It is however; highly recommended to bring all systems up to date.
If you have to make alterations to your gas piping and/or venting, you will require a permit.
Yes, if the deck will be 2 feet or greater above grade, you will require a building permit.
Yes, unless the intended use of the pole shed is strictly as a farm building on land designated for Agricultural use. Pole sheds requiring engineering due to the nature of their construction materials.
No. While the wastewater consumption charge was originally supposed to be applied as of January 2018, it was not applied to customer invoices until October 1, 2018. The City of Wetaskiwin is not retroactively charging ratepayers for the months the charge was not levied.
The current fee structure allows ratepayers to control the amount they are billed by moderating their water consumption. This means that the less water you use, the less you will have to pay. There are many ways to begin conserving water, including shortening your showers and not letting the water run while brushing your teeth. Read more water saving tips.
If you have noticed a large change in your utility bill amount, we suggest you take the following steps:
We are currently reviewing all our customer files to ensure we are not billing for wastewater consumption if a customer is not connected to a City sewer line. Refunds will be issues to those who qualify once the review is complete. Please contact the utilities office at 780.361.4453 for additional information.
The current population is 12,655 (2016 census) and growing.
The Courthouse is located at 4605-51 Street in Wetaskiwin.Phone: 780.361.1258
Wombold Family Funeral Homes (formerly Bakers Funeral Home)5302-50 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-2501
Serenity Funeral Service4715-50 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-5300
Wetaskiwin Funeral Home and Crematorium4620-64 Avenue | Phone: (780) 352-5252
Bestway Laundry#101, 5710-47 Street
Wetaskiwin Motel4705-56 Street
Mountain Spring Cleaners4902-50 Street780-352-4355
Snappy Cleaners and Tailors5409-40 Ave780-368-2393
Public washrooms are available at the following locations:
Public Library 5002-51 Avenue During regular business hours only
By-the-Lake Park 6128-56 Avenue (1 km west of Hwy 2A along 50 Avenue) East side of building Open 6 am - 10 pm daily
The following locations offer free WiFi:
Beans Coffee Shop and Bistro 4814-56 Street
Boston Pizza 5527-49 Avenue
McDonalds 5517-37A Avenue
Safeway (Starbucks) 3901-56 Street
Wetaskiwin Public Library 5002-51 Avenue
The recycling centre's hours of operation are as follows:Monday - Friday: 8 am until 8 pm.Weekends and holidays: 9 am until 6 pm.
The RV Sani-dump is also located at this address.
Yes we do! Our local farmer's market is held every Wednesday at the Wetaskiwin Mall (3725-56 Street) from 11 am until 3 pm, and every Saturday from noon to 4 pm.
Guardian5104 50 Ave(780) 361-0011
Wetaskiwin Family Pharmacy Inc5101 50 St(780) 352-5111
Walmart Pharmacy3600 56 St(780) 352-8494
Safeway Pharmacy3905 56 St(780) 352-2848
The Drill Hall is located adjacent to the Wetaskiwin Recreation Grounds at 4513-50 Avenue.
The Civic Centre, which houses two arenas, is located at 4519-50 Avenue.Phone: 780.361.4445
Clear Vista School Grounds4510-47 Avenue
Norm Brown Fields4513-50 Avenue
Yes! The City of Wetaskiwin requires businesses who are operating within city boundaries to have a business license. Licenses are to ensure our Land Use Bylaw is being adhered to, and to make sure that businesses are in compliance with zoning classification. Call 780.361.4431 for more information.
Reach out to us! We have access to valuable market information and insight on operating a business in Wetaskiwin. Please call Candace Coughlan at 780.361.4406 or visit the Invest Wetaskiwin website at http://www.wetaskiwin.ca/806/Starting-a-Business to find out more.