Approved 2023 Budget Summary

Operating Budget

The 2023 Municipal Net Tax Requirement of $124.9 million results in an average 4.6 per cent property tax increase. 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 $167 per year. 

Blue House and Clouds

$167 (4.6%) tax increase based on the average cost ($450,000) of a St. Albert home. 
Note: percentage shown has been rounded to the nearest decimal point.

The actual tax rate will not be finalized until May 2023 after the assessment roll is completed. 

Tax Dollars at Work

The Operating Budget funds services such as snow removal, trail maintenance, transit, and recreation programs for residents. The annual budget is built to maintain those services at Council approved service levels. Efforts are also made to continue to optimize service delivery to ensure community needs are met.

Distribution of Tax Dollars to Various Service Categories

For an average house valued at $450,000, the homeowner will see a $3,980 municipal property tax bill, an increase of $167 for 2023. 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: $658

Pencil Planning & Economic Development: $62

Fire Fighter Fire Services: $584

Hands Family & Community Support Services: $78

Soccer Player Recreation & Parks: $180

Bus Transit Services: $374

Gear Engineering Services: $199

Police Police Services: $467

People Outside Agencies: $179

Art Culture Services: $102

Money Corporate Financing: $331

Badge General Government: $738

TOTAL = $3,980


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 2023, the municipal capital plan investment by asset category is illustrated below: 

Civic Facility

Civic Facilities: $5.2M

Historic Grain Elevators

Historical/Cultural: $0.0M

Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails: $0.5M

Roads & Engineered Structures

Roads & Other Engineered Structures: $33.2M

Land & Land Improvements

Land & Land Improvements: $0.9M

Master Plan and Studies

Master Plan, Studies & Other: $0.4M

Mobile & Other Equipment

Mobile & Other Equipment: $8.7M


40 Projects
Total: $48.9M

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

$5.23 (3.8%) rate increase based on the typical monthly household utility bill ($144.24).

Distribution of Utility Bill

The typical monthly bill for 2023 is $144.24, an increase of 3.8 per cent from the prior year. The allocations of monthly rates are as follows: 

Toilet Waste Water: $46.89

Fire Hydrant Water: $43.35

Stormwater Grate Stormwater: $20.92

Waste Bin Solid Waste: $33.08

Money Total: $144.24

Utilities Pie Chart

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Last edited: December 21, 2022