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Why does that happen

A look at what we do 

TAXES - Nobody likes them

Your Tax/Assessment notices will be arriving in the mail.  you should have them by May 8, 2020.  What your tax dollars pay for in the Summer Village of Bonnyville Beach.

While the council has some control over what is spent by the summer village, some expenses are imposed outside of our control.

1.  Education taxes - this is the largest portion of your tax bill.  The school taxes represent anywhere from 55% to 60% of your total tax bill.  This is a provincially regulated amount and we don't get to  say anything about it.  The summer village is responsible for collecting all of the requisitioned funds, and if someone doesn't pay their taxes, we still have to make the payments to the school boards.

2.  The utilities and services that we have to supply are substantial portion of our costs.  Electrical ( Street Lights and Power to the hall), Gas ( Hall) and waste management, road maintenance(snowplows) and Fire Services  manage to eat up nearly 30% of the budget.  Some of this is offset by available grants from other levels of government.

3. As in most businesses the next biggest single category of expenses is the money paid out for wages. Maintenance, Administration and council expenses add up and while we don't have outside payroll costs, we still have to pay the people that put the time in to make the Village run.

4.  A Short list of ongoing expenses includes:   Assessment fees, Accounting fees, Fire Protection, Insurance, Memberships in Associations and support for lake preservation - Water for Life and Watershed Society. 

5.   This doesn't cover unforseen expenses that crop up whether it is Man-made or Natural, your council has to respond to the situation and maintains a reserve to cover these costs.

6. Projected capital costs and updates to roads and infrastructure,  While we aren't looking at LRT's and a new arena ( we have lots of ice close by) there are still things that need to be done to provide safe and enjoyable livings spaces for our residents.

For the 2020 budget we are in the same boat as any other municipality in Alberta, trying to keep the same services with more responsibilities placed on us.  Our input costs go up for everything we do. We are always at work to provide the best possible services at the least cost to you the taxpayer.  If you have any questions for us, please contact us.


Easily add your email to our contact list, and use this form to ask any questions you might have.

Assessment Info

Assessments on property are provided by a professional, appointed by your council. There are rules and regulations governing how assessments are made.
this file is a PDF format 

Lot Numbers

We have a file with the lot numbers and legal land descriptions for the summer village. This is currently updated to show new lots and updates, the new file is posted now


If you believe your own or any other assessment is unfair, you may file a written complaint to the Assessment Review Board. Pursuant to Section 460 of the Municipal Government Act, a complaint must be made on the prescribed form and accompanied by the required filing fee (if any).

Tax payment 

This will take you to the taxpayer information site for the Summer Village


Box 6439, Stn Main
Bonnyville AB,  T9N 2G9


Phone: +1 780 826 2925

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Summer Village of Bonnyville Beach