The City of Lloydminster has announced a deadline date for non-profits to apply for property tax exemption.
Organizations will have until September 30th to apply for tax exemption but must meet certain criteria regarding how time and funding is spent at the property, outlined by the Lloydminster Charter and the Community Organizations Property Tax Exemption Regulation.
- Funds of the organization must be used for the purposes of the organization and not for the benefit of the organization’s directors or employees.
- The property must be able to meet specified accessibility and time-of-use requirements.
- The property must be owned or leased by a non-profit organization.
- Unrestricted more than 70 per cent of the time.
- Serving a charitable and benevolent purpose that benefits the public for at least 60 per cent of the time the property is in use.
- Unrestricted access by race, culture, ethnic origin, religious belief, property ownership. There must also be no unreasonable fees or other membership requirements.
- The property cannot be used for the operation of a professional sports franchise.
Every time a property tax exemption is given by the city, it is in place for three years. Under new rules, non-profits who have previously granted an exemption will still need to re-apply.
If a non-profit buys a property after the yearly deadline, they can still apply for a partial tax exemption for the portion of the year they owned the building. This will be approved at City Council’s discretion.
Applications and supporting documents can be sent to the City’s Assessment and Taxation department through the mail or online.