Finance

Working to Grow a Fiscally Healthy Region

The Finance team’s most significant milestone between 2016 and 2017 was the implementation of substantive improvements to the budget process. The 2017 budget process developed a funded multi-year capital infrastructure plan that helps expand our capital perspective to a ten-year outlook, ensuring that the urgencies of today don’t overshadow the long-term needs of the community.

The budget process was also modified to better focus on zero-based budget practices and service level consideration, and includes a public engagement element for budget planning. Click Here to view the 2018 - 2021 Budget Presentation.

Solid Waste Utility

At the request of Council, Administration undertook a detailed evaluation of the alternatives to address perceived unfairness in having the cost of solid waste services in the County passed to users through taxation.

The alternative selected by Council was to move solid waste to a utility (user pay) system. It was discovered that in addition to addressing the concerns of Council the system would provide better control of access to our transfer station sites, further reducing costs.

A new card system and barcode scanners to scan the new Transfer Station cards onsite at all Transfer Stations were installed with supporting software. Invoicing and new card distributions were also completed in the Finance department.

Budget Improvements

The Finance department developed a budget policy that lays out significant improvements and clarity for the organization and the public regarding approach, timelines, public engagement, Council engagement and long range planning.

New budget software has been implemented to allow departments to track their budgets on a more regular basis without having to request Finance to generate individualized reports. This software also made significant improvements in time and quality to the budget creation process.

As part of the improved budget policy, in 2016 a public survey for input into the budget process was completed. Although participation in the survey was very low, improvements are being made to encourage participation in future budget surveys.

The Finance department led the creation of the Multi-Year Capital Infrastructure Plan. This ten year plan helps Council take a long range look at infrastructure priorities and planning.

For the 2017 budget presentation, improvements were made to the Budget Reporting process for Administration Council and the Public.

Other

The collection of overdue outstanding accounts has greatly improved with departments working together to collect some accounts that have been on the books for several years. In working together, we have been able to approve payment plans for accounts that would have otherwise been uncollectable.

At the request of a Municipal Partner, a review of the Fire Services cost agreement was conducted. The findings of this review led to the creation of the Regional Fire Services Cost Matrix, which addressed equity concerns in the costing of this service.

Alberta Municipal Affairs, in an effort to promote excellence in municipal government supports an internship project with municipalities. In 2016, the Finance Department became a host to one of the finance interns. We are pleased to participate in this project and receive the benefits of having an intern on our team.

At the request of Council, Administration undertook a detailed evaluation of the potential of moving street lighting costs to a utility to address the perceived unfairness in having the cost of street lights in the County passed on to users through taxation. The conclusion of the review was that the option of a utility was deemed unsuitable at this time.

Each year, a complete financial audit is completed along with all provincial reporting requirements on Lac Ste. Anne County’s operations. Every year, the audit receives a clean audit opinion, positive comments from the Auditor and no concerns raised by the Province of Alberta.

For the 2015 Financial Yearend, the Finance Department needed to comply with the reporting requirements of new accounting guidelines surrounding Contaminated Sites.

Digital cheque signature software was implemented to streamline and modernize the payment vendors and contractors.

 

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2018 Final Approved Budget Presentation 2.79 MB 283 Download Preview
2018 DRAFT #12 Operating Budget Summary 230.14 KB 223 Download Preview
2018 DRAFT #12 Operating Budget Details 985.30 KB 299 Download Preview
2017 Operating and Capital Budget Presentation (Approved) 2.86 MB 897 Download Preview
2017 Approved Department Summary 112.74 KB 740 Download Preview
2016 Operating Budget (Approved) 43.82 KB 1205 Download Preview
2016 Capital Budget 68.84 KB 1242 Download Preview


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Financial Statement 2017 3.32 MB 293 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2016 1.63 MB 1314 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2015 1.31 MB 1560 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2014 900.85 KB 1254 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2013 962.52 KB 1367 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2012 636.41 KB 1299 Download Preview
Financial Statement 2011 590.70 KB 1239 Download Preview

Choose from the Following County Services

Fire & Emergency

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services is steadfastly dedicated to the protection, preservation and restoration of public safety across the region.

Public Works

The Public Works division provides essential engineering, operations and maintenance services for those who live, work and play within the region.

Solid Waste & Recycling

Helping residents and business owners across the County process recyclables, organics and garbage via progressive waste management services.

Corporate Services

The Business, information and administrative services that support the other departments in their daily management of Lac Ste. Anne County.

Assessment & Taxation

Each year, the County assesses properties based on the previous year's market values to determine municipal and education tax amounts.

Protective Services

The County employs Community Peace Officers, Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Animal Control Officers to uphold and enforce municipal bylaws.

Community Services

The Community Services Department works to enhance the lives of County residents alike through customized services, programs, grants and guidance.

GIS

Residents, visitors, business owners and municipal neighbours rely on the County's mapping resources to easily find, access and view information.

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@) lsac.ca
 1-866-880-5722
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359