Property Taxation and Assessment

Pro­vides local gov­ern­ment admin­is­tra­tors with an under­stand­ing of the process­es of assess­ment and prop­er­ty tax­a­tion. Stu­dents will also exam­ine oth­er top­ics such as the role and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the prop­er­ty tax, ele­ments of assess­ment tech­niques, tax rate set­ting, prop­er­ty tax relief and reform, and the eco­nom­ic effects of prop­er­ty taxes.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the various options that municipal councils must consider prior to setting taxation policies and tax rates.
  • Understand the detail behind the concept of taxing property to pay for local services.
  • Understand the need for municipalities to evolve and meet the challenges of an ever demanding public.
  • Recognize the principles of exemption by analyzing the various property tax relief options or tax exemptions and the background policies.
  • Evaluate and compare the various assessment techniques used to prepare the valuation of property for tax purposes.
  • Consider the choice of a certain tax policy, as well as evaluate and suggest the economic effect it may have on any given municipality.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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