Property Taxes

Property taxes are the primary means by which Canadian municipalities, and Clearwater County, in particular, pay for the building and maintenance of roads and bridges; controlling agricultural pests and weeds; the provision of fire, ambulance and emergency services; seniors lodging; waste management; water and sewer services; recreation facilities, parks and campgrounds; and countless other services provided on behalf of citizens. It should be noted that about half of the property taxes levied in Clearwater County are mandated and levied on behalf of the Alberta Government to fund local schools and schools in other parts of the province.

Clearwater County's assessors work diligently to value property as fairly as possible in relation to similar property and provincial regulations and guidelines.
 
Property taxes are a way of fairly distributing the cost of providing local government services among ratepayers 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. Check the Property Tax Calculator to estimate 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
  • School Tax: 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 Foundation: 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)
  • Uncollectible School: This is the amount of tax dollars that were not collected the previous year, but paid to Alberta Education
 

2021 Municipal Property Tax Rates 

During their regular meeting on May 11, 2021, Council set the 2021 Municipal Tax Rates with Bylaw 1107/21 reflecting a 0% municipal tax rate increase for all assessment classes.

Taxes are due upon receipt and penalties will apply if not paid before 4:30 pm on September 17, 2021, including an 8 per cent penalty if paid after September 17, 2021 and additional penalties of 4 percent if paid after December 17, 2021 and April 1, 2022.

Please note that 2021 Combined Assessment and Tax Notices have been mailed out. All taxes fund essential County services that the community relies on. Any ratepayer who has not yet received a tax notice by the end of June is advised to contact the County Office at 403-845-4444. 

The Tax Notice is a combined Assessment and Tax Notice. Persons wishing to appeal their assessment have 60 days from the notice of assessment date to do so. Due to the August long weekend, Clearwater County will accept appeals until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (excluding linear and DIP properties).


Residential
     Municipal0.0026644
     Seniors0.0000940
     School0.0027070
     School Uncollectible0.0001009
Non-Residential
     Municipal0.0079942
     Seniors0.0000940
     School0.0038171
     School Uncollectible0.0001009
Small Business
     Municipal0.0059957
     Seniors0.0000940
     School0.0037218
     School Uncollectible0.0001009
Farmland
     Municipal0.0043850
     Seniors0.0000940
     School0.0027070
     School Uncollectible0.0001009


Change of Address Form

Need to update your records with a change of address? Please complete the Change of Address Form and return it to assessment@clearwatercounty.ca


Payment Options

Need to pay your property tax bill?  Clearwater County offers several payment options:

PaySimply: PaySimply is a convenient way to pay through a third party using your credit card. Processing fees apply. Please allow 3 business days for processing. For more information: www.paysimply.ca

Online Banking: Make payments online through your financial institution. Fees may apply. 

Electronic Funds Transfer: Payments can be made online with your financial institution using your financial software. Please contact us for more details and allow 2 to 3 business days for processing.

By mail: Cheques can be sent by mail to
Clearwater County
PO Box 550, 4340 – 47 Avenue

Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1H5

In-Person: You may also come in person during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) to pay by cash, cheque or debit (post-dated cheques are welcome). Reminder: if cheques are returned by the bank, taxes are considered unpaid.

Drop box: A drop box is located at the main Clearwater County office at 4340 – 47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House.

*Please note that Clearwater County offers a Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) allowing taxpayers to pay property taxes on a monthly basis, for more information please visit www.clearwatercounty.ca/tipp.