Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds.
About the course
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.
- A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
- Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.