In 2012, the St. Albert and Sturgeon Valley School Districts Establishment Act (Act) came into force. The Sturgeon School Division, a Public School Division, was expanded to provide Morinville students with access to public, non-denominational schools and the Greater St. Albert Catholic Separate School District (GSACSSD) remained to provide Morinville students, access to a minority faith based Roman Catholic School system. As a result, both a Public and Roman Catholic Separate School District now exists within Morinville.
Under the School Act, the Greater St. Albert Catholic Separate School District may pass a resolution opting out of the Alberta School Foundation Fund. The impact of such a resolution is that school taxes declared to GSACSSD will be paid directly to GSACSSD while the remainder of the school taxes will be paid to the Alberta School Foundation Fund.
Accordingly, all individuals who own property in Morinville are required to declare their taxes in favor of the public or Roman Catholic separate school district. Information relating to the declaration process will be sent to ratepayers in the near future. You will be asked to respond to this communication by December 31, 2013 for the 2014 taxes.
Regardless of which school district you support, your school taxes will be the same amount. Under the School Act, the Roman Catholic Separate School Board cannot charge either a lower or a higher levy than their Public School counterparts.
If you require additional information relating to the School Tax Declaration process, please feel free to contact us.