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Tax Rates & Mill Rates

Tax Rates 

The Tax Rate is not the Mill Rate.

On your property tax notice, you will see a single number called 'Tax Rate'. The Tax Rate is calculated by taking the Mill Rate and dividing by 1,000, then multiplying that number by the Mill Rate Factor.

To calculate your taxes, multiply your taxable assessment by the tax rate. 

Taxable assessments are a percentage of the assessment value. Provincial legislation sets the percentages based on property classes. The City of Saskatoon determines assessments based on legislation and direction from the provincial agency that provides assessment oversight, the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA).

For 2020, Residential taxable assessments are 80% of the assessment values, while Commercial/Industrial taxable assessments are 100% of the assessment values. 

The 2020 Tax Rates are shown below: 

2020 Tax Rates   City  Library  Education
Agricultural Class 0.0085012 0.0008763 0.0014300
Commercial and Industrial Class 0.0085012 0.0008763 0.0062700
     Private-owned aircraft hangar subclass 0.0052797 0.0005442 0.0062700
Residential Class 0.0066002 0.0006803 0.0041200
    Condominium subclass 0.0066002 0.0006803 0.0041200
    Multi-unit residential subclass 0.0066002 0.0006803 0.0041200
Resource (oil & gas, mine & pipeline) 0.0085012 0.0008763 0.0096800

Mill Rates

City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Public Library Mill Rates

The total revenue required from taxation for each taxing authority is divided by the total taxable assessment in Saskatoon to arrive at the mill rate for each authority, per $1000 of taxable assessment.

Total revenue required ÷ (Total taxable assessment x 1000) = Mill Rate

City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Public Library Mill Rate Factors

The mill rate factor is used to determine the proportion of tax revenue that each property class will pay. There are two main property classes: Residential and Commercial/Industrial. City Council's approval of a tax ratio of 1.59  means that for every $1.00 in property taxes that a residential property owner pays, a commercial property owner will pay $1.59 on an equivalent assessment.

Education Mill Rate

The Province of Saskatchewan sets the mill rates for education property tax for all public school divisions. The Saskatoon separate school division set their own mill rates and adopted the provincial mill rates. There are different education property tax mill rates for Agricultural property, Residential property, Commercial/Industrial and Resource (oil and gas, mines and pipelines).

Property Tax Levies

(Taxable assessment/$1000) x City Mill Rate x Mill Rate Factor = City of Saskatoon Tax

(Taxable assessment/$1000) x Library Mill Rate x Mill Rate Factor = Saskatoon Public Library Tax

(Taxable assessment/$1000 x Education Mill Rate(s) = Education Tax

City of Saskatoon Tax + Saskatoon Public Library Tax + Education Tax = Total Property Tax Levy