Council approves operating and capital budgets.

Edmonton City Council approved operating and capital budgets that support Canada’s fastest-growing city, through the provision of quality services, facilities and infrastructure that meet the needs of a diverse and expanding population.  Please see the link on my home page for an interactive look at the budget. 

“These budgets are balanced and represent prudent choices for a fast-growing city,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “They keep us on course to building an even more livable, attractive and well-run city, allow us to deliver on our commitments and maintain the services, programs and infrastructure that more than 878,000 Edmontonians expect to support our quality of life.”

The 2015 Operating Budget, 2015 Utilities Budget and 2015-2018 Capital Budget provide residents and organizations in Edmonton more than 90 programs for $6 a day in taxes for a typical household.

For a typical Edmonton household (valued at $374,500), the approved budgets mean an average municipal tax increase of about $119 per year, or an increase of $9.92 per month for people on the monthly payment plan. The Utilities Budget includes an increase in fees of $1 per month for Drainage Services and $3.35 per month for Waste Management Services.

The 2015 Operating Budget maintains all existing programs and provides enhancements across the range of civic services, such as improvements to the snow clearing program, 89 positions for the Edmonton Police Service which includes sworn police members and civilian employees, support of the Green Shack program and extra transit service late at night and during peak times.

The 2015-18 Capital Budget will see investment of $4.3 billion on infrastructure, ranging from widening of Whitemud Drive to adding bicycle lanes in the core of the city. Building on the intensive investment in the past 10 years to halt the infrastructure deficit of past decades, projects in the current Capital Budget include new and upgraded libraries, fire stations, a police campus and a transit garage; renewal and upgrade of recreation facilities; construction of transportation assets like the Valley LRT line, roads and bridges; and reconstruction of roads in about 5 neighbourhoods each year.