In order to provide temporary tax relief to both residential and nonresidential property owners in Camrose, the City has waived all penalties on all tax amounts owing from March 31, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Property taxes are the City's main source of income. Taxes are used to fund the many services provided in Camrose. View the Property Tax Calculator to find out where your taxes go.

How My Property Taxes Are Calculated

Municipal property taxes in Camrose are calculated using 3 variables:

City Tax Rates

Each year, the City reviews how much money is needed to pay for municipal programs and services that are necessary to maintain and enhance the high standard of living in the City of Camrose.

This budget process allows City Council to identify where the money is needed most and helps determine the budget to meet those needs. As part of this process, the City considers where the money to cover municipal programs and services comes from. One of the revenue streams for any municipality in Canada is property taxes.

Once the amount of money needed is determined, City Council calculates the tax rate needed to provide the City with enough money to balance the budget.

Education Tax Rate

Education tax rates are set by the Province of Alberta. The City collects these taxes and distributes them to the provincial government. City Council has no control over the amount of education tax collected.

Lodge Authority Property Tax

The City of Camrose is also responsible for collecting lodge authority tax from Camrose property owners on behalf of the Camrose and Area Lodge Authority. Camrose and Area Lodge Authority relies on property taxes to support operation of seniors' lodges in Camrose and Bashaw. City Council has no control over the amount of lodge tax levied. 100% of lodge tax collected from Camrose citizens is submitted to the Camrose and Area Lodge Authority. For further information please visit www.camroselodges.ca.

How to Pay Your Taxes

You can pay your taxes through your own online banking, by registering for the Temporary Installment Payment Program (TIPP), or by dropping off a cheque at the City Hall mail drop box with a copy of your notice. Unfortunately credit cards cannot be used to pay taxes.

Temporary Installment Payment Program (TIPP)

Property owners have the ability to enter into the Temporary Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) which would allow them to spread their payments out over the remainder of 2020 on both current and prior year tax amounts owing with no penalties.

The sooner property owners sign up the better! If you sign up now, your payments will be spread over 6 months (July – December, 2020), so less money from your pocket each month, instead of waiting until September 30, 2020 and then spreading payments over 3 months, or not entering the program at all and having a large lump sum due September 30, 2020.

Conditions to join the TIPP are: 

  • Payments are only allowed via direct debit (no cheques)
  • Property owners with more than the current year property tax amount owing will be required to include all property tax amounts owing in the program
  • Registration into the program must be completed by September 30, 2020
  • After December 31, 2020, the property owner will automatically be registered to continue in the “normal” TIPP program. The first monthly payment will be withdrawn in January 2021 for the 2021 property tax amounts owing.
  • If payment is not able to be processed due to a default of payment, the property owner will be removed from the program, penalties will be applied from that date forward, and the property owner will not be able to apply to re-register for the program in 2020.

 Please contact City Hall at 780.672.4426 to register in the TIPP program as soon as possible.

 

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