Budget 2024

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2024 Approved budget highlights

2024 Budget Survey results report

The budget survey results help to inform Council of the views and preferences of residents and businesses in setting property taxes in relation to service levels. Administration will use the results to develop Strathcona County’s 2024-2027 budgets that will be recommended to Council in the fall.

You can read the full results here

Results highlights:

When asked to select from a list about what the 2024-2027 budget priority should be, the top five results were:

  • Ensure long-term fiscal sustainability (38%)
  • Minimize property taxes in the future (24%)
  • Prepare for and react to changes in the economy (14%)
  • Attract new and maintain current businesses and amenities (11%)
  • Plan for future growth (7%)



When asked about comfort and preference of tax rate changes as it correlates to service levels (increasing property taxes could maintain or improve services, while maintaining or decreasing property tax levels would likely decrease services levels), the results were:

  • Increase property taxes – 52%

Of the respondents who selected this answer, 69% support a tax rate increase of 2.0% or more

  • Maintain property taxes – 33%
  • Decrease property taxes – 9%



When asked to rate the value received from County services:
  • Most provided response was good or excellent value (55%)
  • Average value responses were next (29%)
  • Poor value receiving the fewest responses (14%)



When asked about their personal financial situation, both in 2023 and anticipated in 2024, results were:

2023
9% became better
44% stayed the same
42% became worse

2024
11% will become better
56% will stay the same
28% will get worse



Thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

2024 Approved budget highlights

2024 Budget Survey results report

The budget survey results help to inform Council of the views and preferences of residents and businesses in setting property taxes in relation to service levels. Administration will use the results to develop Strathcona County’s 2024-2027 budgets that will be recommended to Council in the fall.

You can read the full results here

Results highlights:

When asked to select from a list about what the 2024-2027 budget priority should be, the top five results were:

  • Ensure long-term fiscal sustainability (38%)
  • Minimize property taxes in the future (24%)
  • Prepare for and react to changes in the economy (14%)
  • Attract new and maintain current businesses and amenities (11%)
  • Plan for future growth (7%)



When asked about comfort and preference of tax rate changes as it correlates to service levels (increasing property taxes could maintain or improve services, while maintaining or decreasing property tax levels would likely decrease services levels), the results were:

  • Increase property taxes – 52%

Of the respondents who selected this answer, 69% support a tax rate increase of 2.0% or more

  • Maintain property taxes – 33%
  • Decrease property taxes – 9%



When asked to rate the value received from County services:
  • Most provided response was good or excellent value (55%)
  • Average value responses were next (29%)
  • Poor value receiving the fewest responses (14%)



When asked about their personal financial situation, both in 2023 and anticipated in 2024, results were:

2023
9% became better
44% stayed the same
42% became worse

2024
11% will become better
56% will stay the same
28% will get worse



Thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

  • Did you know?

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    Low tax rate

    Our property taxes among the lowest of Alberta municipalities, with the lowest urban tax rate in the Edmonton region. Strathcona County has kept the tax increase low by reallocating to priorities and streamlining operations.

    How property taxes collected are distributed

    In 2023, of the total residential property taxes collected in Strathcona County, 62 per cent goes to municipal services, 4 per cent supports the Strathcona County Library and Heartland Housing Foundation, and 34 per cent is collected on behalf of the Government of Alberta for education.

    Contributing to our economic prosperity

    Residential property owners only pay about 26 per cent of the County’s overall revenue requirement. We champion being a heartland that’s leading in North America’s petroleum industry. Advancing economic diversification in energy, agricultural and other business sectors are important to our municipality.

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