Q: How much are your county maps?
A: Folded maps are $10. Rolled up maps are $20. There is an additional fee of $5 per map if the map is mailed. Maps can be downloaded for free from our map page. Please click here.
Q: Can you tell me who owns a specific quarter of land?
A: Because of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act we can't tell you that. You can come to the County Offfice and look it or purchase a map and find it for yourself.
Q: I am a renter. Can I have a copy of the utility bills?
A: We can only bill the owner of the property but the owner can come in an sign an authorization form which will allow us to send the renter a copy of their monthly bills.
Q: Do I still need a burning permit in the winter?
A: Yes. A burning permit is required year round.
Q: I just moved to the county. Who do I contact to get my kids on the school bus?
A: Buffalo Trails Public School Division. They can be reached at 780-842-6144
Q: Do you carry maps of other countys and MDs?
A: No, we only carry our maps. Maps of other jurisdictions can be purchased from Map Town.
Q: When is the landfill open?
A: For waste transfer station hours and locations please click here.
Public Works FAQs
Q: Does the County offer dust control?
A: Yes. You can find more information here.
Q: Does the County provide snowplow services for private lanes?
A: Yes. You can find more information here.
Q: Who looks after Highway 16?
A: Carillion maintains all Provincial Highways in the County. This includes Highways 16, 17, 41 & 45 and Secondary Highways 619, 631, 640, 641, 893 and 897. You can contact the Vermilion office at (780) 853-9122.
Q: What is Calcium Chloride?
A: Calcium Chloride is a liquid dust suppressant that we apply to gravel roads. It is on e of the most cost-effective short-term dust control substances available. It is an organic product, is less toxic to aquatic life that oil or dish soap, is less corrosive than road salt, has a very low oral toxicity, and is not likely to cause significant skin irritation.
Q: Can I get a "Children Playing" sign installed?
A: The County will not install "Children Playing" signs on County roadsides. If ratepayers wish to install signs of this nature, they must install them on their own property and not on County roadsides.
Q: Can I get a "School Bus Stop" sign installed?
A: The County will provide a sign under the following conditions: There must be at least 300 meters of visibility either way of the sign location for the County to pay for the sign and installation.
Q: Are farmers exempt from Road Bans during the spring road ban season?
A: No, farmers are not exempt from any road bans. In order to travel on banned roads during the spring road ban season, farmers moving grain, bales, equipment etc., must obtain an Agricultural Permit from the County office and have it displayed in their vehicle at all times during the ban.
Q: What are the speed limits in the County?
A: All County rural roads are 80 km/hr unless otherwise posted. If you experience vehicles going faster than the posted speed limit, you are encouraged to call your local RCMP.
Q: I want the school bus to come in my yard to pick up the kids; what needs to be done?
A: You need to contact Buffalo Trails School Division (780-842-6144) and speak with the Transportation Coordinator and they will verify if your yard is a Yard Turn Around.
Q: There are trees over-hanging onto the road; how do we get them removed?
A: The County will remove any trees from County roadsides that may cause a safety concern due to reduced visibility. If the trees are on private property, it will be the responsibility of the landowner to remove those trees.
Q: Do I need a licence for my dog?
A: Yes. Click here for interactive form.
Gas Utility FAQs
Q: What does a secondary gas service cost?
Q: Where can I find information about Automatic Meter Reading?
A: Please click here for information.
A: Labour, pipe, tracer wire, trenching materials, permit, secondary risers and mileage. Price varies depending on the length of the secondary.
Q: Does it cost anything to remove my primary gas service?
A: No, but there will be a charge to have it hooked up again.
Q: Where can I find information on automatic meter reading?
A: For details please click here.
Water and Sewer F.A.Q.
Q: What is the process for having water and sewer services installed.
A: Please refer to the Water and Sewer Bylaw information for details.
Q. I am installing a water softener. Where can I find information regarding water hardness?
A: Please refer to the water quality report for your hamlet.
Q: Who is responsible for water and sewer problems (back ups, leaks) on my property?
A: The County is responsible for repairs on main water and sewer lines as well as service lines up to the property line. Any cost for repairs from the property line to the home are the homeowner’s responsibility. If your sewer line is backed up, please contact a plumber. They will have the appropriate tools to determine where the line blockage/break is located.
Q: I will be away for an extended period of time. Can I have my water service disconnected?
A: Please contact the County office at (780) 846-2244 and request a disconnect and date for reconnect. Please refer to the Water and Sewer bylaw for details on rates.
Q: I am moving into the County. How do I obtain a garbage bin?
A: Garbage bins must be prepaid ($ 100) at the County office. Once paid, a bin will be delivered to your new home.
Market value is the price a property would likely yield if sold after adequate time and exposure on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer. The Assessor finds this figure by extensively analyzing sale transactions from July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 for similar property types to determine market trends and patterns and thence uses mass appraisal techniques to finalize market values to be used for the 2012 taxation year. Your 2012 property assessment notice is based on mid-range values as of July 1, 2011 real estate market conditions and reflects the physical condition as of December 31, 2011.
Properties not assessed on a market value standard such like farmland, railway, machinery and equipment, and linear are assessed at prescribed regulated rates and standards mandated by the Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs, Minister's Guidelines of Regulated Property.
Mass appraisal is not a site-specific appraisal of property. It is an averaged or mid-ranged market value for similar types of properties. Mass appraisal takes into account a greater sampling of properties with common features and characteristics to perform statistical analysis. Common features include location, proximity to urban centers, age, parcel size, building size, quality of construction and zoning.
Yes, your property assessment is based on market value that was established for July 1. Depending on the current market conditions on July 1, your assessment may increase of decrease.
Private appraisers evaluate your property based on the market conditions that exist at the time of the appraisal report. The County's property assessment calculation is based on the market conditions as of July 1, 2011 and reflects the physical condition of your property as of December 31, 2011.
Tax payments can be made by Cash, Cheque, Debit Card, Telephone Banking or Internet Banking. For after hours payments, please use our payment drop off box located at the County Office in Kitscoty.