For Immediate Release / May 11, 2020
Update on the City of St. Albert's Response to COVID-19
Update for May 11, 2020
The City of St. Albert is taking a thoughtful and measured approach to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed, below is a summary of some current information to be aware of.
Budget Adjustments and Tax Split
At the May 11, 2020 Special Council meeting, Council approved the following two motions regarding the City’s 2020 budget:
- A 2020 final tax requirement of $109,220,000 resulting in a consolidated budget of $309,262,000.
- Regardless of compliance with Section 21d of Council Policy C-FS-05 (Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles), the principles surrounding the determination of Municipal Property Tax Split be waived for the 2020 budget year and the Chief Administrative Officer recommend to Council a tax split that allows for the regression of the non-residential tax split from 2019 levels.
- Reducing the 2020 blended tax requirement to 1.5 per cent (from 2.5 per cent) will provide some modest tax relief to help residents and businesses hard hit by COVID-19.
- The tax reduction was accomplished by reducing the RMR (Repair, Maintain, Replace) budget to 0.5 per cent (from 1.5 per cent). The City will consider ways to replenish the RMR budget in future years.
- The City is seeking to balance tax reductions in the short term, acknowledging that residents and businesses are struggling, with the need for future tax increases.
- The City is also trying to balance the tax burden between businesses, many of whom are struggling, and residents, many of whom are also struggling.
- By moving forward with a one-year regression of the tax split, the municipal portion of the property tax will increase 1.9 per cent for residents and will remain frozen for businesses.
- City Administration is also looking for ways to reduce its operational budget by seven per cent to minimize the anticipated deficit due to the challenge of COVID-19.
Closures to City facilities
No new closures as of May 11, 2020.
Suspension of City programs or services
No new suspensions as of May 11, 2020.
City services still open/operating
Unless listed on the facility closures or listed above, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.
Cancellation of City events
No new cancellations as of May 11, 2020.
Please check the City’s website and social media for updates and further information. The City thanks its residents and patrons as we work through our response to COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website, a link to which is available at stalbert.ca/covid19.
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Last edited: May 11, 2020