Tax & Assessment Review
Brazeau County contracts a third party to conduct a General Assessment each year to assist in determining the taxation for the following year. To meet provincial legislation and “best practices,” cyclical re-inspections are completed on a four year rotation, with approximately 25% of the County properties being inspected each year, as illustrated in the map below.
Assessors also annually inspect (but are not limited to) new development permits, non-started permits from previous years, new subdivisions, land use confirmation/changes, previously incomplete construction and properties which have sold each year.
Criteria important to the assessment process are market value, market growth and real growth. Farm land is valued using a provincially regulated assessment base rate. Commercial and industrial property is valued at market value.
Assessors are out doing inspections between March and the following January and will be easily identifiable by identification badges. Assessors will attempt to make personal contact at properties they inspect. If no one is home a call back card will be left.
Brazeau County appreciates the cooperation of citizens in the completion of assessment.
If you are still not satisfied, you may register a formal assessment complaints with the Assessment Review Board within 60 from the date your assessment notice was mailed (confirm the date on the assessment notice). The primary function of the Assessment Review Board is to provide a forum for individuals and corporations to: challenge various aspects of their property or business assessment; seek an exemption from assessment or taxation; or challenge the imposition of other forms of tax (i.e. local improvement, well drilling, special and business revitalization zone taxes).
Click to view the Assessment Review Board Complaint form.
2016 Assessment Roll
As per Section 307 of the Municipal Government Act Brazeau County is providing the 2016 assessment roll for public viewing. A hard copy of the assessment roll is available for viewing at the Brazeau County office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, or view it here.
Brazeau County’s Taxation and Assessment Coordinator oversees the preparation of annual taxes and acts as the point of contact for the assessment services contractor. Tax notices are prepared and mailed to property owners mid-May and are due by June 30 of each year. A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled at the bottom of this page to assist citizens.
To find out how citizens can pay their taxes, visit the Monthly Payment Plan page.
- Forms coming in fall 2016
How is my property assessed?
Brazeau County’s Assessment Department assesses properties each year to determine taxation for the following year. Criteria important to the assessment process are market value, market growth, and real growth. Property values have increased due to the high demand for properties. Real estate prices in Brazeau County are linked to the economy of the Edmonton area and to local regions.
Farm land is valued using a provincial regulated assessment base rate. Commercial and industrial property is valued at market value.
When do I get my tax notice?
Combined Tax & Assessment Notices are distributed mid-May. If you don't receive your tax notice by mid June, please contact our office at 780-542-7777.
When are my taxes due?
June 30 is the deadline for payment. If paying in person, our hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday (excluding Holidays). Please note there is no after-hours mail slot available.
Where and how can I pay my taxes?
You can pay your taxes at the county office. We accept cash, debit and cheques as payment. Please make sure if paying by debit, that your debit card does not have a transaction limit.
You can pay at your local bank, please make sure to bring your tax notice with you.
You can use online banking, or telephone banking as long as you have set it up through your bank.
You can mail your payment to our office using a cheque as payment. Please send to:
Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1R1
Please note, if you are paying by cheque here are some helpful reminders to ensure there is no delay in processing:
- Make sure that the date is correct.
- Check the body and figures to make sure they match.
- Make sure it is signed.
Please also note that if you are part of the monthly payment plan, you cannot pay your balance in full.
How does the monthly payment plan work?
Brazeau County offers taxpayers a tax installment payment plan that allows residents to pay their property tax in monthly installments instead of a single payment. Monthly installments break your property tax into smaller amounts which may make it easier to budget. You can join the plan anytime if:
- You have chequing privileges at a financial institution (bank, trust company, treasury branch, or credit union)
- You do not currently pay your taxes through a mortgage company (P.I.T.)
Application forms are available at the Brazeau County office, or you can download the application form here.
Please view the Tax Instalment Payment Pan No. 903-16.
What if I disagree with my assessment?
If you disagree with your assessment, please contact our Taxation Department at 780-542-7777.
If you are still not satisfied, you may register a formal assessment complaint with the Assessment Review Board within 60 days from the date your assessment notice was mailed (check your assessment notice to confirm the date). The primary function of the Assessment Review Board is to provide a forum for individuals and corporations to: challenge various aspects of their property of business assessment; seek an exemption from assessment or taxation; or challenge the imposition of other forms of tax (i.e. local improvement, well drilling, special and business revitalization zone taxes).
Click to view the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form.
What is “School tax”?
Please visit the Government of Alberta website for more information or contact the Government of Alberta Education Property Tax Line toll free by dialing 310-0000 and then 422-7125, or 780-422-7125 regarding the education property tax.
If you would like to direct your taxes in support fo the Roman Catholic Separate School District, please read the facts sheet, and fill out the form here. If you are a corporation, please click here to fill out the appropriate form.
If you are a senior, you may be eligible for a Senior Rebate for Education tax. Once you have paid your taxes, you may apply for a rebate through the Government of Alberta. Please contact the Alberta Senior’s Information Line at 1-800-642-3853 or 780-437-7876 in Edmonton, or click here to find more information.
What is the Brazeau Seniors Foundation?
The Brazeau Seniors Foundation was a requisition that was always part of the municipal tax rate. It has been moved under the requisition section of your tax notice to reflect that it is a requisition.
Section 334, subsection 1.c of the Municipal Government Act states "A tax notice must contain the following: (c) the amount of the requisitions, any one or more of which may be shown separately or as part of a combined total;"