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The City of Edmonton delivers programs and services necessary to maintain and enhance our high standard of living.

Roads and public transit that move people; police, bylaws and fire rescue services to keep people safe; parks, waste management and drainage to keep our communities clean and healthy; social programs and leisure activities to make Edmonton a great place in which to live, work and visit. These core areas reflect the top priorities of Edmontonians.

The City Operating Budget and Utilities Budget identify the costs for all day-to-day civic services and programs that Edmontonians depend on and the sources of revenue to pay for those services, including property taxes, utility rates and user fees. 

Provincial legislation states that municipalities must produce a balanced budget. The City collects the amount of tax required to balance the budget after all other revenue sources are considered.

The annual operating budget of about $2.5 billion maintains the services, programs and infrastructure that support 878,000 citizens within our growing city.

Key dates for the 2016-18 Budget Process

June 23, 2015
Administration provided a forecast of the 2016-2018 Operating Budget including impacts of capital and cost pressures.

September 22, 2015
Council consideration and approval of the proposed Budget Process.

October 20, 2015
Proposed 2016 Drainage Utility and Waste Management Utility Budgets to be released on City of Edmonton website.

October 29, 2015
Proposed 2016-2018 Utilities Operating Budgets to be debated at Utility Committee, with recommendations forwarded to City Council.

October 30, 2015
Proposed 2016-2018 Operating Budget to be released on City of Edmonton website.

November 3, 2015
Presentation to Council of the proposed 2016-2018 Operating Budget (including the Edmonton Police Commission budget).

November 23, 2015
Non-statutory Public Hearing on proposed 2016-2018 Operating and Utilities Budgets (including Edmonton Police Commission Budget).

November 27 - December 3, 2015 
Council deliberations on proposed budgets.

November 27, 2015
City Council approves the 2016-2018 Utilities Budget.

December 3, 2015
City Council approves the 2016-2018 Operating Budget.

January 2016
Assessment notices are mailed to property owners.

Spring 2016
The Government of Alberta announces the provincial education tax amount that the City of Edmonton is required to collect via property taxes. Council then debates and approves the final tax rate.

May 2016
Property tax notices are mailed.

June 30, 2016
Deadline to pay property taxes.

November 29, 2016 
Presentation to Council of the 2016-2018 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustments.

December 8,9, 13 and 14 (if required) 
Council deliberations on supplemental budget adjustments.

December 2016 
City Council approves the 2016-2018 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustments.

January 2017 
Assessment notices are mailed to property owners.

Multi-Year Budgeting

Beginning this budget cycle, the City of Edmonton is planning its Operating Budget on a multi-year basis. There are three key reasons for this change:

  1. Stability: Planning a budget over multiple years allows Council and Administration to take a 'longer view' of Edmonton's needs and build out stable program and service delivery. This allows Edmonton to better plan stable revenues and expenditures, providing consistent funding levels for the programs and services Edmontonians expect.
  2. Flexibility: Multi-year budget planning allows the City to be more flexible in how it finances operations, allowing Council and Administration to reallocate funding priorities across the different years of the longer budget cycle. This enables the City to bring in programs and services when they are most needed, and to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our city.
  3. Future Planning: As one of Canada's fastest-growing cities, Edmonton needs to be able to plan for its future vision while also meeting its present day demands. Multi-year budgeting permits Council and Administration to implement or revise programs and services over a longer time frame, rather than being limited to yes/no decisions on a yearly basis. This means, for example, if a new program or service doesn't fit into this year's budget cycle, it can still be planned for a later year.

Online Tools

An open data version of the City's budget

Budget Primer

A Great City at Work: Understanding Edmonton's Budget

For More Information

Mike Dowler

Budget Planning and Development
Title Director
Telephone 780-496-5116

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