At the December 20 Council meeting, the City’s Financial Plan and 2022 Budget was approved, following the City’s budget deliberation process. This includes the 2022 municipal and utility operating and capital budgets.
The City has worked hard to continue to exercise fiscal responsibility and minimize the financial impacts to our community, but we cannot continue to do things as we have in the past and remain sustainable at the same time. The approach for this budget involved a commitment to minimize spending and maximize revenue, and focused on reducing some service levels to re-prioritize resources while continuing to deliver those programs and services most valued by residents and businesses.
The 2022 Approved Budget includes an average property tax increase of 2.8 per cent ($105 per year, for an average house valued at $450,000) and an average utility rate increase of 4.5 per cent ($5.97 per month).
Notable service level adjustments made through the 2022 budget process include:
In accordance with Council Policy, Administration coordinated a variety of ways to gather community input and the input of over 200 residents helped inform decision-making. This can be demonstrated in the transition of outdoor freezeways from a temporary initiative from 2020 into a new, ongoing service standard.
Decreased Hours of Operation
The City is balancing service delivery and fiscal responsibility by modifying the hours of some facilities/front counters. These changes minimally impact service level standards and allow for moderate savings.
- St. Albert Place Front Counter
As of January 4, 2022, St. Albert Place front counter will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: Many services are available online including dog and business licensing payments via MyCity. Visit my.stalbert.ca to learn more. For registration support, contact 780-459-1500.
- Servus Credit Union Place
As of February 1, 2022, Servus Credit Union Place will be open Monday to Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Fountain Park Recreation Centre
As of February 1, 2022, Fountain Park Recreation Centre will be open Monday to Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grass Cutting Service Level Decreased
Grass cutting intervals have been increased in level 2c areas (the grassed areas along roadways and walkways on main roads, and non-programmed areas within parks, closer to fences.). The rotation has moved to a 12-day rotation, instead of a 10-day rotation. This allows for $39,000 savings that will be applied to reduce the tax base.
NEW Ongoing Service Standard – Freezeways
Freezeways will be provided as an ongoing service standard in the community starting this winter. The base budget has been increased by $42,000 to accommodate this service provision of outdoor skating. This will provide residents enhanced opportunities to get outside and remain active during the winter months.
Approved 2022 Budget Information
City Council approved the Financial Plan and 2022 Budget on December 20, 2021.
PROPOSED 2022 Budget Information
- Proposed Budget Document
- CAO Budget Presentation (YouTube)
- Proposed Budget Summary
- Online Budget Engagement Results
Topics in this section
Proposed Operating BudgetThe 2022 proposed Operating Budget of $117.1 million results in a 2.5...
Operating BudgetThe 2022 approved Net Municipal Tax Requirement of $117.4 million results in a...
Last edited: March 10, 2022