Cochrane tax rates approved by Council

(Cochrane, AB) – Cochrane Town Council approved the tax rate bylaw at their regular meeting on May 13. 

Each year, Council approves the budget required to support Town services. The tax rates reflect the amount of tax to be paid for every dollar of assessed property value. Funds collected through property tax are split between the Town of Cochrane, the Government of Alberta and Rocky View Foundation. 

“Municipal property taxes support the cost of municipal services – including community safety, roads and infrastructure maintenance, parks and open spaces, and other essential programs and amenities that aim to provide quality of life for all residents,” explained Alvin Allim, Director of Financial & Information Technology Services and CFO. “The 2024 municipal property taxes reflects the increased cost of providing quality level of service to our community.”

Property assessments are prepared annually using mass appraisal techniques, which determine property values by grouping similar properties at a specific point in time. Assessments do not reflect a single sale price; rather they show typical market value on the same date each year. 

This year, the average residential single-family assessment increased by 9.68%, up from $561,200 in 2023 to $615,500 in 2024. With a 3.63% revenue requirement from the 2024 Operating Budget, the average residential property will see an increase of $1/year ($.09/month) in municipal taxes and $140/year ($11.67/month) in Provincial education and seniors’ housing taxes, totaling $141/year. As assessment values vary between individual properties and between neighbourhoods, most property owners will have tax changes that are either higher or lower than the average.

From the property taxes collected, the Town of Cochrane retains 65.1% to support municipal operations, while 33.8% is transferred to the Government of Alberta to support Provincial education, and 1.1% is used to support the Rocky View Foundation. 

Property tax bills will be mailed by May 30 and payment is due by June 30. To learn more about payment arrangements or the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP), visit Due to Alberta Land Titles processing times, recent property purchases may not be registered with the Town of Cochrane. New property owners are advised to contact if they do not receive a tax notice by June 7. 

Cochrane seniors may be eligible to access property tax support programs. The Seniors’ Property Tax Support Program, offered through Cochrane FCSS, provides eligible seniors 60 years of age or older with a $500 credit on their property tax account. Contact FCSS at 403-851-2250 or visit Seniors Property Tax page for more information. 

The Seniors Property Tax Deferral program, offered through the Government of Alberta, provides eligible senior homeowners the opportunity to defer all or part of their municipal property taxes with a low-interest home equity loan. More information is available at

For more information on municipal taxes, visit