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.
$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.
Excludes Provincial Education Levy, Homeland Housing Levy and utility charges.
Environmental Sustainability: $28
Public Works: $640
Planning & Economic Development: $65
Fire Services: $621
Community & Social Development Services: $77
Recreation & Parks: $208
Engineering Services: $201
Police Services: $466
Outside Agencies: $192
Culture Services: $115
Corporate Financing: $216
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 Facilities: $10.6M
Parks & Trails: $1.6M
Roads & Other Engineered Structures: $41.8M
Land & Land Improvements: $0.2M
Master Plan, Studies & Other: $2.0M
Mobile & Other Equipment: $7.5M
Proposed Utility Budget
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.
$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:
Solid Waste: $32.62
Waste Water: $47.04
Last edited: December 20, 2021