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The City of Edmonton’s Operating Budget pays for the “operations” of civic services and programs. This includes the budget to pay staff for services such as transit, fire rescue, and police, as well as the gas that powers their fleet; for the lifeguards at pools and the cost to heat the water; and to pay for the tradespeople and the road materials to fix potholes.

The proposed budget was presented to Council on November 9, and was debated following a public hearing November 23. City Council approved the 2012 Operating Budget December 13, 2011.

The 2012 Budget of $1.88 billion will require an average increase of 5.39% in municipal property taxes, which includes 3.89% for civic services and 1.5% to continue the Neighbourhood Renewal Program.

The Executive Summary of the 2012 Approved Operating Budget summarizes costs, distribution of taxes and strategies for balancing the budget. Municipalities are not allowed to plan an operating deficit or budget for a surplus. The City only collects enough taxes to pay for budgeted services and programs, as identified by 2012 Revenue and Expenditures for tax-supported operations.

Changes to most user fees and City Council's budget amendments are listed in the Highlights of 2012 User Fees excerpt, in related documents.

The Approved 2012 Operating Budget contains details about the budget as approved by City Council on Dec. 13, 2011.

The 2012 program budgets are listed below:

Boards, Commissions and other Entities

Edmonton Arts Council

Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

Edmonton Homeless Commission

Edmonton Space & Science Foundation

Greater Edmonton Foundation

REACH Council for Safe Communities

Vehicle for Hire Commission

Building Great Neighbourhoods

Building Great Neighbourhoods Overview

Community Services

Community Services Department Overview

Community Facility Services

Community Standards

Community Strategies

Fire Rescue Services

Neighbourhood and Community Development


Corporate Programs

Corporate Programs Overview

Corporate Services

Corporate Services Department Overview 

Customer Information Services

Human Resources

Information Technology

Law Branch

Materials Management

Municipal Fleet Services

Office of the City Clerk

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Overview 

Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton Police Service Overview

Edmonton Public Library

Edmonton Public Library Overview

Financial Services

Financial Services Department Overview

Assessment and Taxation

Client Financial Services

Corporate Accounting and Treasury

Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure Services Utilities Department Overview

Buildings and Landscape Services

Drainage Design and Construction

Drainage Services Overview

Waste Management Services 

Mayor and Councillor Offices

Mayor and Councillor Offices Overview

Office of the City Auditor

Office of the City Auditor Overview

Office of the City Manager

Office of the City Manager Department Overview

City Manager Team

Corporate Communications

Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Department Overview

Corporate Properties

Current Planning

Housing and Economic Sustainability

Land Enterprise

Urban Planning and Environment

Transportation Services

Transportation Services Department Overview

Edmonton Transit

LRT Design and Construction

Roads Design and Construction

Transportation Operations

Transportation Planning

For More Information

Jodie Buksa

Title Branch Manager, Financial Services


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