Property taxes are a way of fairly distributing the cost of providing local government services among the residence and businesses that use them. Property tax is calculated and billed annually using the property's
assessed value, as found on your property assessment notice, and the
Council-approved property tax rate for your class of property in the appropriate region. The Property Tax Calculator
offers an estimated breakdown of your property taxes.
Property Assessment Value ($) x Tax Rate (class of property) = Property Tax
The property tax system has two parts:
- Assessing the value of your property. (Completed by Clearwater County’s Assessment Department)
- Setting the annual tax rate. (Set annually by Council based upon the County’s budget as developed by the County’s Finance Department)
The Government of Alberta determines the criteria under which property assessment takes place. The criteria are dependent upon the type of property being assessed.
The municipal tax rate is set by Clearwater County Council annually. The overall tax rate is comprised of four different tax rates:
- Municipal Tax
- (Set by Clearwater County Council, and is the only revenue generated by the municipality)
- (The provincial government establishes the Educational Tax Rate, where Clearwater County is required to collect the Education/School taxes on behalf of Alberta Education, but had no jurisdiction in setting this Tax Rate)
- (Seniors tax is collected on behalf of Westview Lodge in Rocky Mountain House and the requisitioned amount is shared between Clearwater County, the Town of Rocky Mountain House and the Village of Caroline)
- (This is the amount of tax dollars that were not collected the previous year, but paid to Alberta Education)
2019 Tax Rates
During their regular meeting on May 28, 2019, Council set the 2019 Municipal Tax Rates with Bylaw 1065/19 reflecting a 0% municipal tax rate increase for all assessment classes, including residential, non-residential, farmland, and machinery & equipment. Due to a decrease in the overall value of assessed property in Clearwater County, 2019 Municipal taxes collected will be approximately $435,000 less than what was budgeted to meet operational and capital investment requirements. Click here
to read the full news release in a new window.
Property Taxes are due September 16, 2019
Payments can be made in person by debit or cheque (post-dated cheques are welcome). You can also make payments online or by mail.
Reminder: if cheques are returned by the bank, taxes are considered unpaid. Tax Penalty Bylaw 986/14 indicates that an 8% penalty is applied on the day after the taxes are due (September 16, 2019) and 4% on December 16, 2019.