Position Profile

Job Title:  Linear Assessment Advisor - Utilities

Work Unit:  Municipal Assessment and Grants Division, Assessment Services Branch, Linear Property Assessment Unit

Ministry:   Alberta Municipal Affairs

Competition Number:  1043439

Date:  July 2017



This position is part of a team of professionals responsible for the preparation of the linear property assessment. As defined by the Municipal Government Act (MGA) linear property includes telecommunication systems (including cable distribution), electric power systems, well systems, and pipelines. The valuation for property tax purposed is a regulated standard as per the regulations. This position is responsible for ensuring the processes and procedures described in the MGA and its regulations in the valuation of linear property assessments are followed. This position is also responsible to assist in defending the assessments before the Municipal Government Board (MGB). This position works with department and companies and/or their representative to conduct analysis on the reported structure and costs associated with the linear property for valuation purposes.

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Assist in the preparation of the linear property assessment roll for telecommunication and cable distribution undertaking systems.
  • When required, assist in the preparation of the linear property assessment roll for electric power generation facilities, electric power transmission and distribution systems.
  • Assist in the development of the annual Request for Information (RFI).
  • Communicate and develop a working relationship with linear property owners and/or their representative to improve the annual reporting through the RFI process to the linear assessor.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation of complex data analysis for the preparation of the linear property assessment.
  • Provide assistance in the defending linear assessments complaints before the Municipal Government Board (MGB) for electric power systems and telecommunication systems on behalf of the linear assessor designated by the Minister.
  • Become adept at using the internal application called the Alberta Linear Property Assessment System (ALPAS) and data mining tools such as Statistical Analysis System (SAS) to analyzing data stored and reported into ALPAS. This would include understanding changes in year over year inventories and assessments.
  • Assist in reporting impact analyses for implementation of the accepted and proposed definitions as well as the annual updated rates for the Assessment and Property Tax Policy (APTP) Unit.
  • Attend and participate in unit and branch meetings and committees.
  • Assist in the preparation of education and information seminars on the assessment and taxation of linear property.
  • Assist in the preparation of action requests, briefing notes and other documentation as required.


  • Tasks undertaken and assessment analysis products built by this candidate are used in all municipalities in Alberta in the valuation of linear properties.
  • The self-reported utility properties - telecommunication systems and electric power systems are valued at approximately $17 billion and generate in excess of $190 million in annual property tax for Alberta municipalities.
  • This individual must gain an understanding of assessment and taxation issues associated with linear properties and the stakeholder groups.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent in real property appraisal and assessment or in a related field.
  • Certificate in Real Property Assessment from the University of British Columbia or equivalent.

One or more of the following designations:

  • Accredited Municipal Assessor of Alberta (AMAA) from the Alberta Assessors' Association.
    • Accredited Appraiser, Canadian Institute (AACI) from the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
    • Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) from the International Association of Assessing Officers.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in the preparation, delivery and defence of Industrial property assessments using the accepted approaches to value property and appropriate mass appraisal techniques.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the Municipal Government Act and related legislations
  • Knowledge about the administration of a municipality.
  • Strong awareness of provincial policies and legal precedents
  • Excellent verbal and written communications. - Communication of complex and technical information to a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively with different levels of government and a diverse group of clients, including elected officials and taxpayers.
  • Excellent analytical (math) skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Excellent written communications.
  • Skills associated with telecommunication systems (including cable distribution).
  • Excellent analytical (math) skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Excellent public presentation and speaking skills.



This position requires interaction with individual property owners, their representatives and other municipal and industry stakeholder groups such as the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), Alberta Assessors' Association (AAA), Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA), Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), National Energy Board (NEB), Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Other contacts include municipal CAO's, municipal assessors, elected officials, other ministry and government officials, valuation professionals, tax agents and internal and external legal representatives. This list is not exhaustive.

Supervision Exercised


This position will:

  • Assist in preparing the annual Requests for Information (RFI) for the linear property owner to report their linear property inventory.
  • Assist in providing assessment advice to internal and external stakeholders (Minister, senior department officials, officials from other ministries, municipal officials, industrial officials and general public).


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