Understanding Edmonton's budgets for 2016-18
2017 will be the second year of the City of Edmonton’s three-year Operating and Utilities Budgets and the third year of a four-year Capital Budget. While the overall budgets are set, there is opportunity for City Council to make supplemental adjustments each year.
Multi-year budgeting allows Council and Administration to take a longer-term view of Edmonton’s needs and plan stable program and service delivery approaches. It also allows for flexibility with opportunities each year for Council, with a public hearing process, to reallocate funding priorities.
Budgets help the City deliver 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 to live, work and visit. These core areas reflect the top priorities of Edmontonians.
The City’s 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 Edmonton’s 899,450 residents.
Key dates for the 2016-18 Budget and Utility Rates Process
City Council approved the 2015-2018 Capital Budget.
November 27, 2015
City Council approves the 2016-2018 Utilities Budget.
December 3, 2015
City Council approves the 2016-2018 Operating Budget.
October 14, 2016
Non-Statutory Public Hearing on proposed 2017-2022 rates for EPCOR water and wastewater treatment.
October 27, 2016
Public release of the proposed 2017-2018 Operating and Capital Budget Adjustments for Utility Services on edmonton.ca.
November 4, 2016
Utility Committee consideration of 2017 Waste Management and Drainage Utility rates. View agenda here.
November 18, 2016
Public release of proposed Operating and Capital Budget Adjustments.
City Council consideration of proposed Utilities (Waste Management and Drainage) rates, and Operating and Capital Budget Adjustments.
November 29, 2016
2017 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustment presented.
December 8, 2016
Non-Statutory Public Hearing on proposed Utilities rates and the proposed Operating and Capital Budget Adjustments.
December 9 and (if required) 13, 14, 2016
Council discussion and approval of supplemental budget adjustments.
Assessment notices are mailed to property owners.