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The 2011 Operating Budget was approved by City Council on December 9, 2010.

This budget reflects the City’s pursuit of efficiencies and creative ways to deliver citizen priorities in an expanded area.
This budget also aims to advance Council’s long-term goals in the most cost-effective manner.

2011 Budget Highlights

  • The Approved 2011 Operating Budget results in a 2.35% increase in the total property tax levy for civic programs, boards and commissions, plus 1.5% to continue to build the Neighbourhood Renewal Program fund.
  • The Approved Budgets for City-managed utilities result in rate increases of 5.4% for Sanitary Drainage, 6.4% for Land Drainage, and 5.0% for Waste Management services. The Wastewater Treatment services are separately managed by EPCOR and include an 8% rate increase for 2011.

Read the 2011 Approved Operating Budget Executive Summary to find out:

  • funding sources used to pay for civic services and programs,
  • what your property taxes pay for,
  • how the City reduced net operating costs,
  • what programs are being enhanced to advance Edmontonians’ priorities, and
  • how the City innovates to deliver services in a more effective and efficient way.

The 2011 Budgets for managed utilities for Sanitary Drainage, Land Drainage and Waste Management are funded through user fees and approved in a separate bylaw.

The 2011 Proposed Budget Executive Summary explains the Budget development process.

The full budget is available at the Edmonton Public Library.

Funding for Services and Programs

The cost to deliver civic programs increases as our community grows and we extend services—such as bus routes, recreation programs and police patrols—to new areas. Costs tend to increase more than the consumer price index (CPI) because large municipal expenditures for items such as gasoline and road repair services and material are impacted by fluctuations in market demand.

The City of Edmonton has limited sources of revenue to pay for all services. A significant portion of the City’s revenue does not increase at the same rate as expenditures. That means the City must rigorously pursue cost efficiencies and innovative ways to deliver expanded services.

To achieve a lower tax levy, user fees are an important revenue source to recover the cost of services.

The Way We Finance, a new 10-year plan for Financial Sustainability, is being developed to ensure Edmonton has the right balance of funding sources for operations and infrastructure. This means a sustainable approach that is affordable to Edmontonians, while maintaining services and moving towards long-term goals.

Key Dates in 2011 Operating Budget

June 23, 2010

  • Council sets 2011 Budget Guideline directing Administration to prepare a Draft Budget limiting a tax increase to 3% for Civic Programs, Boards and Commissions; and 2% for Neighbourhood Renewal Program

Nov. 9, 2010

  • 2011 Proposed Operating Budgets for Civic Programs, Boards and Commissions, Edmonton Police Service, and Proposed Drainage Utilities and Waste Utilities Budgets presented to City Council

Nov. 22, 2010

  • Non-statutory Public Hearing on 2010 Operating Budget and Utilities Budgets

Nov. 29 to Dec. 9, 2010

  • Council Budget Deliberations and finalizing the Operating Budgets. Budget was approved Dec. 9, 2010

January 2011

  • Assessment Notices identify value of homes, used to determine each homeowners’ share of total tax levy

Spring 2011

  • Education Tax Requisition from the Province of Alberta
  • Council approves final tax rate

May 2011

  • Property tax notices are mailed

Budget questions and answers

Responses to City Council's written questions about the 2011 Proposed Budgets, which was presented on November 9, 2010, are available in Related Documents on the right side of this page.

The documents replace an earlier file that was posted on November 26 before all answers were compiled. These documents are complete.

For More Information

Jodie Buksa

Title Branch Manager, Financial Services


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