Property tax revenue is unconditional and is used to fund general operating expenditures, debt repayment, reserve contributions and in some instances direct capital expenditures. The amount of property tax revenue to be collected each year is determined annually through the budget process which is the mechanism for determining the revenue requirements and the resource allocations that ultimately inform the decision on the municipal tax rate.
In addition to municipal property tax, the District is also required to collect property tax for the Regional District of East Kootenay, Regional Hospital, School District, and Elk Valley Waste Management. Although these taxes appear on District of Sparwood tax notices and are paid by the taxpayer to the District of Sparwood, they represent a debt payable by the municipality to the respective agencies. With the exception of a small administration fee paid to the District for the collection of the School Tax the municipality does not retain any of the funds collected for these agencies for its own use.