City Council and staff once again invite you to become engaged in our annual budget process. Each year, property taxes are levied by the City to support the operational budget which establishes our cost to deliver services to residents. We also rely on other sources of revenue such as Provincial/Federal grants, user fees, withdrawing from reserves or taking out debt. There are some expenditures that are not funded by property taxes at all and these are not included in this survey. These services include major capital projects (road paving and new facility constructions), garbage collection, potable water treatment and delivery as well as sanitary sewer collection and treatment.
Something that is included in your annual property tax bill is a portion for Alberta Education, which supports local school boards and is determined by the Province of Alberta, and a portion for the Newell Foundation, which supports local seniors housing and is determined by a local independent board, (see small pie chart on the left, below). The City collects this money on behalf of these two organizations based on the amounts that they request, which is dictated by their budgets. These amounts are illustrated below, however the survey only includes the municipal portion of taxes.
Thank you in advance for your participation. The results will be reviewed and considered by City Council for adjustments in the 2019 budget. A full report will also be created and made public for residents.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelley Thomas, Manager of Finance at 403-362-3333.