Proposed 2023 Budget Summary
Proposed Operating Budget
The 2023 proposed Operating Budget of $125.1 million results in a 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 $175 per year.
$175 (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.
Proposed Distribution of Tax Dollars to Various Service Categories
For an average house valued at $450,000, the homeowner will see a $3,986 municipal property tax bill, an increase of $175 for 2023. The distribution of tax dollars to various service categories is illustrated below.
Excludes Provincial Education Levy, Homeland Housing Levy and utility charges.
Environmental Sustainability: $29
Public Works: $667
Planning & Economic Development: $59
Fire Services: $584
Family & Community Support Services: $79
Recreation & Parks: $192
Transit Services: $380
Engineering Services: $202
Police Services: $475
Outside Agencies: $172
Culture Services: $104
Corporate Financing: $321
General Government: $722
TOTAL = $3,986
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 2023, the municipal capital plan investment by asset category is illustrated below:
Civic Facilities: $5.1M
Parks & Trails: $1.1M
Roads & Other Engineered Structures: $56.9M
Land & Land Improvements: $1.0M
Master Plan, Studies & Other: $1.3M
Mobile & Other Equipment: $8.7M
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.
$5.23 (3.8%) rate increase based on the typical monthly household utility bill ($144.24).
Proposed Distribution of Utility Bill
The proposed 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:
Waste Water: $46.89
Solid Waste: $33.08
Last edited: December 20, 2022