Paying Property Taxes

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Tax Payments and Penalties 

The City decided to eliminate the discounts for prepaid taxes effective January 1, 2015. Tax notices will still be issued in late May or early June, and the deadline for payment before penalties will still be July 31 of each year. A penalty of 1% will be added to all outstanding taxes on August 1, September 1, October 1, November 1, December 1. Please note that a penalty of 9% is added on January 1 each year to all outstanding tax balances.
As of January 1, 2015, tax receipts will only be mailed upon request. Please contact City Hall at 306-236-3622 or send an email to make arrangements.

COVID-19 Update for 2020 

Council passed a bylaw on April 27, 2020 temporarily deferring property tax and utility penalties due to COVID-19. Although your 2020 tax bill will still be published with a due date of July 31, penalties will not start to be added until November 1. The bylaw can be viewed here.   

Making Payments Online


If you are using the on-line banking services of your financial institution, you may want to use it to pay your City utility and tax accounts. We are currently set up to take payments from CIBC, Credit Union and the Royal Bank.

Sign onto your on-line bank account, select "Pay bills & transfer funds" from the self service menu. Then, on the next screen, select "Create/update payee list" from the self service menu. On the next screen, select "Add a new payee" from the self service menu. On the next screen enter "Meadow Lake" as a payee name then click on search. The next screen will show several Meadow Lake businesses which accept on-line payments. Select "Meadow Lake (City) - Taxes". You will be asked for the account number that you are paying. For your tax account, enter the "assessment number" shown on your tax bill. It should be a number much like 505209000.01 for example. If you are required to enter a 9-digit account number, please enter only the first nine digits and do not include the numbers after the decimal point. 

Although on-line banking payments have worked very well for us, there can be errors resulting from people selecting the wrong payee, or keying in a wrong tax or utility account number, or giving us a tax number when they really wanted to pay their utility bill. If you notice an error, please contact us as soon as possible so we can trace your payment. We will always apply the payment to the account number we receive with the transaction, not the account number we believe you meant. 


TIPPS (Tax Installment Payment Program) 

The City decided to eliminate discounts for early payment of taxes in 2015. The City implemented TIPPS (Tax Installment Payment Plan Service) in 2016, allowing ratepayers to have monthly payments automatically withdrawn from their bank accounts rather than making a lump sum payment. For more information on TIPPS, please view the information sheet and application form below.


Other Payment Methods During COVID-19 Closures

Interac e-Transfers are temporarily available as a payment method while City Hall is closed for customers who do not bank with a local financial institution. More information is available in this document.