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 My Taxes

You can pay your taxes the following ways:

  • Through your own online banking
  • By dropping off a cheque at the City Hall mail drop box with a copy of your notice
  • By registering for the Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPP)
  • Online by Credit Card, PayPal or Interac eTransfer using PaySimply
  • In-person by Debit Card or Cash at Canada Post using PaySimply to generate a QR code

Credit cards will only be accepted to pay taxes using the option outlined below utilizing PaySimply.

Early Payment Incentive

An incentive allowance is applicable to all monies received up to and including January 31st of the current year as a prepayment of future taxes for the current year. The amount of money received as prepayment shall be limited to an amount equal to the previous year’s current taxes, other than local improvement taxes. (The property owner can only prepay an amount equal to or less than the amount of their prior year's property taxes and have the incentive apply.)

The incentive allowance is then calculated and credited to the respective tax account at a rate of 1.5% on the prepayment amount.

Example:  If your property taxes for the previous year were $3,200, that is the amount you could prepay prior to January 31 (of the current year) to which the 1.5% incentive will apply.

However, if your property taxes were $3,200 last year and $3,000 of that amount was for property taxes and $200 was a payment toward local improvements, only $3,000 of a prepayment towards your property taxes would qualify for the incentive.

If there is new paving or concrete done along property frontage, you can choose to pay your portion of that cost off annually with your property taxes. (This amount, when included with a ratepayers annual property taxes, is called a local improvement tax.)

(This incentive is not available to Tax Installment Payment Program participants.)

Further details can be found in the Property Tax Penalty and Incentive Bylaw 3114-20 or you can contact the Financial Services department at 780.672.4426.

Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPP)

Property owners have the ability to enter into the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) program, which would allow them to spread their payments over the current year. (An alternate TIPP program is also available between the dates of Mar 1 – June 29, 2021. Please see below for details.)

Conditions to join the TIPP are: 

  • All property tax levies, current and arrears and including any supplementary tax levies, must be paid in full prior to the initiation of the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP).
  • Any payments withdrawn from the account that are dishonored (Not Sufficient Funds), two consecutive months by the Payor’s financial institution will entitle the City of Camrose to remove the Payor from the TIPP’s program without prior notice. All property taxes will become due and payable and provisions of the tax penalty and incentive by-law will apply.
  • Payments are only allowed via direct debit (NO CHEQUES).
  • The Payor is responsible to advise the City of Camrose in writing of any changes required at least two weeks prior to the next payment (ie. Payor information, bank account information, or cancellation of TIPP’s)

 To register for TIPP, please contact us at 780.672.4426 or at taxes@camrose.ca.

Alternate TIPP Program

An alternate monthly Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) is available to eligible property owners from March 1 – December 31, 2021. The alternate plan makes provision for the payment of outstanding property taxes balances, and the current year’s property taxes, by monthly direct debit payment between the time of signing up and December 31, 2021.

Penalties normally charged on arrears balances will not apply to owners who sign up and comply with the terms and conditions under which this arrangement is offered.

Eligible property owners wanting to sign up for the alternate monthly Tax Instalment Payment Plan must do so prior to June 30, 2021.

Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the alternate TIPP program will result in the application of regular penalties and will apply on the outstanding balance of taxes unpaid on the date of the breach.

Note: Those property owners whose property is subject to be auctioned at an upcoming tax recovery sale prior to March 31, 2022 are not eligible to participate in the alternate TIPP program.

To register for the TIPP or Alternate TIPP program, please contact us at 780.672.4426 or at taxes@camrose.ca

Pay Taxes Online by Credit Card, PayPal or Interac eTransfer

Visit PaySimply, our secure third party payment provider, to pay online with any major credit card (Visa, MC, Amex), PayPal or Interac eTransfer.

To ensure your payment is not late, please pay at least 5 business days in advance of the due date because 5 business days are required for processing. Note: A convenience fee will be applied to cover payment handling and processing charges.

Pay Taxes In-person by Debit Card or Cash at Canada Post

Visit PaySimply, our secure third party payment provider, to generate a QR code to take with you to Canada Post with your payment.

To ensure your payment is not late, please pay at least 5 business days in advance of the due date because 5 business days are required for processing. Note: A convenience fee will be applied to cover payment handling and processing charges.

Phone icon

Contact Us