Proposed Budget Summary

Proposed Operating Budget

The 2022 proposed Operating Budget of $117.1 million results in a 2.5 per cent municipal property tax increase. Administration has incorporated cost efficiencies, corporate adjustments and service level adjustments reducing the initial tax requirement of 7.5 to 2.5 per cent. The 2.5 per cent includes our 1.5 per cent commitment to repairing, maintaining and/or replacing (RMR) funding, meaning that the general tax increase is 1 per cent.

This increase relates to the City’s commitment to being fiscally responsible by reducing spending to offset declining revenues and inflationary impacts. For an average house costing $450,000, this means an increase of $93 per year.

Blue House and Clouds

$93 (2.5%) tax increase based on the average cost ($450,000) of a St. Albert home.

The actual tax rate will not be finalized until May 2022 after the assessment roll is completed. 

Tax Dollars at Work

To achieve financial sustainability, the budget focuses on corporate budget adjustments, deferring operating business cases and proposing reduction in service levels to re-prioritize resources. This allows the City to continue to deliver programs and services most valued by residents and businesses while minimizing tax increases.

Proposed Distribution of Tax Dollars to Various Service Categories

For an average house valued at $450,000, the homeowner will see a $3,928 municipal property tax bill, an increase of $93 for 2022. The distribution of tax dollars to various service categories is illustrated below. 

Pie Chart of Tax Dollars Large

Excludes Provincial Education Levy, Homeland Housing Levy and utility charges.

Tree Environmental Sustainability: $28

Worker Public Works: $640

Pencil Planning & Economic Development: $65

Fire Fighter Fire Services: $621

Hands Community & Social Development Services: $77

Soccer Player Recreation & Parks: $208

Bus Transit: $398

Gear Engineering Services: $201

Police Police Services: $466

People Outside Agencies: $192

Art Culture Services: $115

Money Corporate Financing: $216

Badge General Government: $701

TOTAL = $3,928


Proposed Municipal Capital Budget

The Capital Budget provides for investments in infrastructure and capital assets such as constructing, buying or maintaining assets including roads, sidewalks, buildings, vehicles, equipment and land. This portion of the budget is important for critical maintenance of existing infrastructure and the future growth of our city. 

For 2022, the municipal capital plan investment by asset category is illustrated below: 

Civic Facility

Civic Facilities: $10.6M

Historic Grain Elevators

Historical/Cultural: $0.0M

Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails: $1.6M

Roads & Engineered Structures

Roads & Other Engineered Structures: $41.8M

Land & Land Improvements

Land & Land Improvements: $0.2M

Master Plan and Studies

Master Plan, Studies & Other: $2.0M

Mobile & Other Equipment

Mobile & Other Equipment: $7.5M


44 Projects
Total: $63.7M

Proposed Utility Budget

Utility Rate 

The Utility Rate funds the operating and capital costs for water, waste water, stormwater, and solid waste programs that support St. Albert’s ability to provide clean, safe drinking water to its residents, as well as protect the natural environment through waste water treatment, stormwater and solid waste management. 

Green House and Clouds

$5.97 (4.5%) rate increase based on the typical monthly household utility bill ($139.01).

Proposed Distribution of Utility Bill

The proposed typical monthly bill for 2022 is $139.01, an increase of 4.5 per cent from the prior year. The allocations of monthly rates are as follows: 

Fire Hydrant Water: $41.35

Waste Bin Solid Waste: $32.62

Stormwater Grate Stormwater: $18.00

Toilet Waste Water: $47.04

Money Total: $139.01

Utilities Pie Chart

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Last edited: December 20, 2021