Leduc County council approves 2019 budget, sets tax rates

Leduc County council approved the final 2019 budget and set the 2019 tax rates at its regular council meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Council approved a $92.2 million operating budget, which covers day-to-day municipal operating expenses, and a $17.4 million capital budget, which includes infrastructure costs for buildings, roads, bridges, and equipment. This results in a 1.5 per cent tax increase over 2018.

The 2019 budget demonstrates Leduc County’s commitment to providing efficient and effective services in the region and allows us the flexibility to make decisions that will meet the changing needs of our customers. Our council recognizes that many residents and businesses are still struggling as a result of the economic downturn, and by keeping tax increases to a minimum, we hope to support our ratepayers the best we can. 

Mayor Tanni Doblanko

2019 capital budget highlights

  • $9.1 million for the annual road-surfacing program; this includes $1 million for the Rural Road Initiatives program
  • $1.2 million for capital equipment and vehicle purchases for protective services
  • $800,000 for bridge rehabilitation
  • $640,000 for upgrades to Nisku and New Sarepta bulk water stations

2019 operating budget highlights

  • $1.1 million for parks and recreation, including a $500,000 contribution to the Beaumont Aqua-Fit Centre expansion
  • $5 million for road maintenance projects, which includes $3.4 million for the annual gravelling program

2019 tax rates

The 1.5 per cent tax increase results in minimal tax increases for most land owners. Approximately 84 per cent of Leduc County property owners can expect a property tax increase of less than $100 over 2018. Eight per cent of property owners can expect an increase between $101 and $250 and the remaining eight per cent can expect an increase of more than $250.

Property taxes are made up of municipal taxes, external requisitions, local improvement tax and the provincial education tax. Leduc County is obligated to collect the provincial education tax, as set by the Government of Alberta, as part of its property taxes. 

Because the provincial government did not adopt the 2019 budget prior to the election, the exact amount of education taxes to be collected has not yet been determined. Leduc County has maintained the education tax rate from 2018. Once the newly elected provincial government adopts its budget and sets the education property tax amount for 2019, any difference will be reflected on your 2020 property tax bill.

Property tax notices will be mailed to residents in mid May. Taxes are due by June 30, 2019.