The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!

Property Taxes


2023: The millrate was set in the 2023-01 Tax Rate Bylaw.  If you have not yet paid your 2023 Property Taxes, please Contact the Village office.


Each year, the Village of Empress Council passes a Tax Millrate Bylaw in the spring, then mails out the Combined Assessment and Property Tax Notice to property owners by May 1.

Taxes may be paid by Cash, Cheque, Debit, Credit Card, or Interac e-Transfer.  See our Bill Payments webpage.

The taxes are due by June 30.  If the taxes are not paid by that date, a penalty of 10% is added.  If taxes are still not paid by December 31, another 10% penalty is added.  See 2023-02 Property Tax Penalties Bylaw.

For your information, here are the tax bylaws from some previous years:
2022-04 Tax Rate Bylaw
2021-01 Tax Bylaw
2020-04 Tax Bylaw
2019-03 Tax Bylaw
2018-03 Tax Bylaw
2017-01 Tax Bylaw
2016-04 Tax Bylaw
2016-03 Tax Bylaw
2015-05 Tax Bylaw
2014-12 Tax Bylaw Amendment
2014-06 Tax Bylaw


For information on the Water, Sewer, and Garbage bills, click here.


If a property owner has an issue with the tax rate, then they should examine the Village’s Financial Statements and the Budget.  They might also find useful the information provided by the Alberta Government of the Municipal Tax Rates by Municipality.

If a property owner has an issue with their Assessment, then they should first contact the Assessor:

Chris Snelgrove, AMAA
Assessment Consultant
Benchmark Assessment Consultants Inc.
Phone Toll Free: 1-800-633-9012
Fax: 403-381-1596

If the issue remains unresolved after that, then the property owner may fill out a Assessment Review Board Complaint and submit it to the Village of Empress office. Such complaints must be received before the taxes are due, and the taxes still must be paid before the deadline. If any adjustments get made to the Assessment, any differences in the taxes paid will be handled afterward.

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