Lac Ste. Anne County Council has adopted the County’s 2020 operating and capital budgets.
Following the priorities set out in the County’s Strategic Plan, its long-range road construction, and capital equipment replacement plans, the budget supports the maintenance of existing service levels while managing the County’s spending in a responsible manner that reflects the current economic situation.
Overview of Operating and Capital Budgets
The interim operating budget is approved in December of each year, and is the first stage of a two-stage process that authorizes the County to spend on approved projects and conduct operations as of January 1, 2020.
Stage two involves the approval of the final budgets and tax rates, and takes place in the following spring when the Province sets the property tax levy for education purposes, and when property assessment values have been confirmed.
The $31,865,598 operating budget is balanced and maintained existing service levels from when the Interim was passed. The County received decisions from the Province concerning regulated industrial assessments, education requisition, and rural policing costs prior to finalizing the budget on April 23, 2020.
The 2020 capital budget is $7,869,615, of which $4.3 million is carried forward from 2019. Highlights of the capital budget include:
- New graders $1.35 million
- Bridge projects $ 865,000
- Medical Centre $ 700,000
Budget Planning Resources
The 2020-2023 budget planning document is available for review below. Please use the links below to review other legacy County financial and budget planning documents.
For legacy budget planning documents not shown below, or for financial statements prior to 2015, please contct the COunty administration office at 1.866.880.5722 or finance@LSAC.ca.
Property Tax Relief Measures During COVID-19
Lac Ste. Anne County is committed to supporting its communities during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The tax relief measures introduced this year are designed to ease the financial burden for ratepayers in the short term, and include payment deadline extensions and deferral of penalties. More details on the County’s utility and property tax relief measures can be found at in the Assessment & Taxation section of the County website.
Where possible, payment of utility and property tax accounts prior to their due dates is advised.
Revenue from utility and property tax accounts helps the County provide the essential services that ratepayers rely upon.
New Policing Requisition
Due to a change in provincial government policy in November 2019, rural municipalities must begin to pay for a portion of their policing costs. This has resulted in a 1% tax increase as illustrated on the property tax distribution breakdown on the following page. Under this modified provincial policing model, effective April 2020 the County must pay 10% of its share or rural policing costs. The Province plans to incrementally increase the County’s contribution to 30% by 2023.
Click Here for more details on the Government of Alberta’s download of policing costs onto rural Albertans.
A Message from the Government of Alberta Regarding 2020 Non-Residential Education Property Tax
The Government of Alberta is doing everything it can to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 23, 2020, the government announced property tax changes to assist businesses and keep the economy running. The government is working with municipalities to defer property taxes to help your business remain solvent. Your municipality has chosen to provide a combined municipal and education property tax deferral that is effectively equivalent to a six month education property tax deferral.
If you are able to pay your property taxes now, we encourage you to do so. Property owners are strongly encouraged to immediately pass on the benefits of any tax deferrals to their business tenants. While deferred taxes are still due in 2020, we are also encouraging municipalities to implement flexible payment plans for non-residential property owners unable to pay fully in 2020.
2020 Property Tax Distribution
The following chart illustrates the total tax distribution for the 2020 tax year.
Each year, your tax dollars go toward a variety of municipal departments including Community Services, Public Works, Planning & Development, Enforcement, Fire Services and Agricultural Services and Economic Development.
Essential services are provided by these departments year-round, and include solid waste utility management, road and infrastructure maintenance, weed control, safety services, community programs and more.
2020 Operating Budget Revenue by Source
The following chart shows the breakdown of the total County operating budget including services, utilities and other self-supported areas. The percentages illustrate that revenues and expenditures equal each other and result in a balanced budget. The County's operating budget includes items of revenue, recoveries and expenditures relating to ongoing operations; the budget amount funded from property taxes after expenditures have been subtracted from revenues; and programs funded mainly by revenues from their own operations.
The Municipal Government Act requires County Council to adopt a balanced operating budget.
2020 Operating Budget Expenses by Function
The following chart illustrates the how the budget was allocated to the different functions provided by Lac Ste. Anne County and its departments.Essential services are provided by these departments year-round, and include solid waste utility management, road and infrastructure maintenance, weed control, safety services, community programs and more.
How Your Tax Dollar will be Spent in 2020
The following chart illustrates the spending breakdown by percentage of each tax dollar paid to Lac Ste. Anne County in 2019.