Assessment Appeals Refunds

Res #: 18-16M
Number: 18
Year: 2016
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

WHEREAS Section 224 of The Municipalities Act deals with assessment appeals fees, and specifically Section 224 (4) of The Municipalities Act states: “The fees paid by an appellant pursuant to subsection (1) must be refunded if… (c) the appellant withdraws an appeal in accordance with Section 227;” and

WHEREAS Section 227 states, “An appellant may withdraw his or her appeal for any reason by notifying the secretary to the board of revision at least 15 days before the day on which the appeal is to be heard by the board of revision”; and

WHEREAS this effect extends the period to appeal and encourages frivolous appeals; and

WHEREAS there is an expense to the municipality to set up a Board of Revision and notify all parties to an appeal;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM request a legislative amendment to rescind Section 224 (4)(c) and Section 227 from The Municipalities Act.

View the response from the Ministry of Government Relations