Monday, May 16, 2016

Mapping Property Taxes

Recently the city of Edmonton increased property taxes. These property taxes are based on the estimated value of a property on July 1st of the previous year. This results in some interesting spatial patterns between those who get to pay more in property tax and those who get to pay less.

Home Tribe has released an interactive map providing a City of Edmonton Assessed Values Comparison 2015-2016. The map uses a similar model to Home Tribe's recent City of Edmonton Building Age Map. However, whereas building footprints in the building age map were colored by year of construction. in the new map all buildings are colored by whether properties were assessed to have increased or decreased in value between 2015-2016 (and by how much).

This Home Tribe blog post points out some of the interesting findings from visualizing the data on an interactive map, For example, those living north of 137 Avenue get to pay more property tax, whereas their neighbors on the south of the road get to pay less.
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