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Taxes & Assessment

Municipal property taxation

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Your tax dollars are used to fund municipal services and operations such as policing, public works, roads and parks. Your tax dollars also fund education and seniors housing. The amount that you pay for municipal services, provincial education and seniors housing is detailed on your tax notice. 

It is important to note that your council only controls the tax rate for municipal services. The provincial government determines the amount the town must collect for education and seniors housing on its behalf.

Combined Property Assessment and Tax Notices
The Assessment Roll and Taxation Roll of the Town of Rocky Mountain House are prepared under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act. Combined Property Assessment and Tax Notices are mailed out each year in May. 

The Assessment Roll is available for inspection during regular business hours at the Town of Rocky Mountain House located at 5116 – 50 Avenue. Public access to the Town Office is limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please phone 403-845-2866.  A limited assessment roll is available online.

If you have concerns about your property assessment contact the Property Tax Clerk at the Town Office (403-845-2866), who will try to resolve your concern before you file a formal appeal. 

If you wish to appeal your property assessment you must do so in writing within sixty days from the mailing date of the Notices. The Final Date of Appeal is a legislated time limit and cannot be extended under any circumstances. Find out more about the appeal process here. Additional important information regarding the Appeal process can be found on the reverse side of your Notice.

If you have questions about your Assessment and Tax Notice, or if you do not receive your Assessment and Tax Notice, please contact the Town Office at 403-845-2866.

Pre-Authorized Tax Instalment Payment Plan

The Town of Rocky Mountain House offers pre-authorized tax instalment payment plans to help property owners meet their taxation obligations. This program may be a benefit to you. The following are some of the highlights of the plan:

  •     Your instalments for January - April will be based on your previous years' taxes divided by 12 equal monthly payments.    
  •     When taxes are levied for the current year, your monthly payments will be adjusted to pay property tax and assessment notice which is mailed in May.    
  •     There will be no penalty levied on unpaid current taxes for those participating in the plan.    
  •     On signing an authorization form, your monthly payments will automatically be deducted from your bank account. A void cheque or authorization form from your bank must be included with your tax pre-authorization form.    
  •     All tax arrears must be paid before you can participate in a plan.    
  • You may enrol at any time.

If you are interested in participating in the plan, please contact the Tax Clerk at 403-845-2866. You may download the application form here.

Other Payment Options

Property taxes are due yearly on the 31st of July. 2020 deadline has been extended to August 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash, cheque, bank draft or debit payments are accepted at the Town Office (5116-50 Ave) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public access to the Town Office is limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please phone 403-845-2866.

You may send your cheque payment by mail to:
Town of Rocky Mountain House
P.O. Box 1509
Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B2

Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) can be completed at any time from your home computer or device via online banking.

Due to high transaction fees, credit card payments are no longer accepted at the Town Office for municipal taxes. Credit Card payments may be completed online through www.paysimply.caThis secure, third-party Canadian payment provider accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express for a convenience fee.

Change of address for property tax assessment notice

Under the Municipal Government Act, Section 337, a tax bill is considered to have been received by the property owner seven days after mailing.

If you require a change of mailing address for your property tax assessment notice, you can print off the Change of Address Form and return it to the Town Office:

Email:     llambert@rockymtnhouse.com

Fax:     403-845-3230

Mail:     Town of Rocky Mountain House

        P.O. Box 1509

        Rocky Mountain House, Alta.

        T4T 1B2

Be sure to change your mailing address through Alberta Land Titles as well, as it is the property owner's responsibility to keep the information on Alberta Land Titles up-to-date. You will require the legal description of your property which is shown on your tax bill.

Alberta Land Titles office locations

Edmonton
Phone 780-427-2742

John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street

Mailing address:
Land Titles Office
Box 2380
Edmonton, Alta.
T5J 2T3
Calgary
Phone 403-297-6511

Service Alberta Building
710 4th Ave. S.W.

Mailing address:
Land Titles Office
Box 7575
Calgary, Alta.
 T2P 2R4


2020 Levy and Tax Rates      

as set by Property Tax Bylaw 2020/12

2020 Tax Rates

 General 

Municipal 

 Education

Senior

Foundation

DIP

Total

Tax Rate

Residential/Farmland

         9.2718 

             2.7820 

             0.0910 

 

         12.1448 

Vacant Residential

       11.3118 

             2.7820 

             0.0910 

 

         14.1848 

Non-Residential Improved

       11.2488 

             3.9760 

             0.0910 

 

         15.3158 

Non-Residential Vacant

       14.2558 

             3.9760 

             0.0910 

 

         18.3228 

Non-Res Large Business 

       14.2558 

             3.9760 

             0.0910 

 

         18.3228 

Linear

       14.2558 

             3.9760 

             0.0910 

       0.0760 

         18.3988 

Non-Res Industrial (DIP)

       14.2558 

             3.9760 

             0.0910 

       0.0760 

         18.3988 

Provincial Grant In Lieu

       11.2488 

 

 

 

         11.2488 

Machinery & Equipment

       14.2558 

                   -   

             0.0910 

 

         14.3468 

Municipal Exempt

                -   

             2.7820 

             0.0910 

 

           2.8730 

 

Municipal Purposes

 Assessment 

Tax Rate

Total Collected

Residential/ Farmland

               665,771,450 

9.2718

$          6,172,900 

Vacant Residential 

                   9,054,420 

11.3118

$             102,422 

Non-Residential Improved

               145,974,890 

11.2488

$          1,642,042 

Non-Residential Vacant

                   5,636,020 

14.2558

$               80,346 

Non-Residential Large Business

                 64,029,070 

14.2558

$             912,786 

Industrial & Linear

                 11,304,810 

14.2558

$             161,159 

Machinery & Equipment

                      192,220 

14.2558

$                 2,740 

Provincial Grant In Lieu

                 10,279,470 

11.2488

$             115,632 

Total Municipal Purposes

               912,242,350 

 

$         9,190,027 





Alberta School Foundation

 Assessment     

Tax Rate

Total Collected

Residential/ Farmland

               674,825,870 

2.7820

$          1,877,596 

Non-Residential

               237,165,710 

3.9760

$             902,125 

Total Education Purposes

               911,991,580 

 

$         2,779,721 

Note:  Excludes M&E, GIPOT




Rocky Senior Housing Council/Westview Lodge 

 

0.091

$              81,740 

Designated Industrial Property

                 11,645,000 

0.0760

$                   885 

TOTAL TAX LEVY

 

$       12,052,373 



Helpful links:

Property Tax Bylaw 2020/12
Property Assessment Information Sheet
Property tax FAQ (Town of Rocky Mountain House)
Filing a property assessment complaint and preparing for your hearing (Alberta Municipal Affairs)
Assessments complaints form (Alberta Municipal Affairs)
Assessments complaints agent authorization form (Alberta Municipal Affairs)
Alberta Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program (Government of Alberta)
Limited assessment roll (The full assessment roll is available for inspection at the Town Office (5116-50 Ave.) during regular business hours.)
Small Business Property Class Bylaw 2018/14F