The City of Fort Saskatchewan released a new way of conducting assessments that have caught some by surprise.
 
Instead of going door-to-door, a survey is sent out, asking residents about their home and how they've improved it.
 
"The information they're looking for would help determine the value of your property," said Shawna MacNeil, the city's finance customer care coordinator. "If you have granite countertops which could be worth $10,000 compared to a regular countertop that could be worth $2,000, that does make a bit of a difference in the value of your home."
 
Every year, the city contracts a third-party to assess 20 to 30 per cent of the city for taxation purposes.
 
The assessments are due by the end of the month (August).
 
"If they don't fill out the survey, [the assessor] will come to the door and they'll bring a copy of the contract, showing that the City of Fort Saskatchewan does actually employ them and they also have ID."
 
If the property owner still refuses to answer the questions, the assessor will then do a drive-by assessment, a method that is extremely hard to pinpoint the correct value of the home.
 
Homeowners can find more information on the city's website.
 

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