County Budget Planning

Maintaining a Fiscally Healthy Region

Following considerable debate and deliberation, Lac Ste. Anne County Council passed the 2021 Capital and Operating Budgets at its regular Council session on Thursday, April 22, 2021. These budgets reflect the priorities of Council as identified during strategic planning discussions, including the mandate to hold the line on tax rates. The Council-approved budget reflects a 0% increase to the mill rate on residential improved, commercial and non-residential classes, and a 10% increase for farmland and vacant properties.

The 2021 budget shows $25,282,948 in operating expenditures and $10,096,715 in capital expenditures.

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, 2021.

Stage two involves the approval of the final budgets and tax rates, and takes place during the following spring when the Province sets the property tax levy for education purposes, and when property assessment values have been confirmed.

The $25,282,948 operating budget is balanced; strikes a balance between economic challenges and the County’s core mandate to fund the delivery of essential services. While the budget reflects a hold on the salary grid, it also accommodates a couple of new roles: an Economic Development Officer (in alignment with growth goals as laid out in the County’s Strategic Plan); and a Facility Operator (hired as a cost-saving measure).

Also proposed in the 2021 budget in accordance with the Strategic Plan were infrastructure studies that would better equip the County to take inventory and plan for a long-term infrastructure strategy.

The 2021 capital budget is $10,096,715. Highlights of the capital budget include:

  • Steady investment in roads, bridges and infrastructure with strategic leverage of federal and provincial grant dollars
  • Investment in recreation including a sani dump station and new playgrounds at two County campgrounds
  • Structures to accommodate field staff (Ag Services, Shop Yard and Paddle River Dam Campground Office)

Budget Planning Resources

Common Questions about the 2021 Budget

Where can I find the latest budget documents?

The Approved 2021 Capital Budget with 2020 Carry Forwards is in the Budget Planning Resources table at the top right of this page. This document can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format.

2021 Property Tax Distribution

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.

The following chart illustrates the total tax distribution for the 2021 tax year.

2021 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.

2021 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 is Spent

The following chart shows the breakdown by percentage of how each tax dollar is allocated to a respective department or requisition.