Before the holidays, City of Chestermere Council approved an interim Operating Budget for the first quarter of 2022, using last year’s first-quarter budget numbers. The interim budget was passed to give Council and Administration time to gather additional information to build a budget based on Council’s new strategic vision for the year ahead. The strategic vision is expected to be released in early 2022. Read more about the Interim Budget here.
Watch all the 2022 Budget Meetings at www.chestermere.ca/agendas.
- Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Initial budget presentation
- Tuesday, December 14, 2021: Respond to Council queries, provide additional information & Council deliberations
- Tuesday December 21, 2021: Anticipated final budget meeting & approval
View the 2022 draft budget Council presentations:
1.1% Tax Cut for Chestermere in 2021
The City of Chestermere Council is pleased to announce that they have reduced the property tax requirement by 1.1% for 2021, the 3rd year in a row of tax cuts.
“When we were elected, our residents told us that taxes were out of control. We took that very seriously and have worked diligently each year to find efficiencies. We take pride in doing so, especially this year, as we know times are tough for many due to the global pandemic,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers.
This 1.1% cut follows a 2% cut in 2020 and a 2% tax cut in 2019. Council also reduced a 2018 planned increased of 2% down to a 0.9% increase.
“This has been a hard year for many, so we did what we could to find relief for our residents. That included tax and utility deferral programs, putting a pause on some of our plans to save for rainy-days, and culminated in cutting taxes again,” says Chalmers.
City staff explain that these successive cuts have been the result of hard work to find internal efficiencies.
“We have been working hard to be the most Amazing municipality in Canada. That includes breaking down silos, aligning with Council’s strategic vision, being nimble when facing unexpected challenges like COVID-19 and enhancing strategic awareness,” says the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, Bernie Morton. “In doing so, we are able to cut costs while improving the way we provide services for the people of Chestermere.”
In addition to providing a tax requirement reduction, the 2021 budget includes some exciting projects.
Major projects set for the new year include:
- Starting work on a new civic centre that will include a fieldhouse
- Widening Chestermere Boulevard from Rainbow Road to Range Road 284
- Chestermere Boulevard pavement management
- Replacing the Rainbow Road bridge
- Rainbow Road resurfacing from the bridge to Township Road 240
- Updating aging municipal playgrounds, equipment, and vehicles
- Initiating a public transit project extension to Chestermere
Finally, the City is working towards more improvements for its budget process in years to come by aligning with a Priority Based Budgeting approach.
This means that instead of budgeting based on functions, the City will budget based on Council’s priorities and the services provided directly to residents.
More information, and ways for residents to get involved, will be coming in 2021.
Watch all the 2021 Budget Meetings at www.chestermere.ca/agendas. Presentations will be added here when they are available.
- Tuesday November 24th: Initial Financial Plan Presentation
- Tuesday December 1st: Respond to Council queries and provide additional information & Council Deliberations
- Tuesday December 8th: Additional meeting, if needed
- Tuesday December 15th:
- Approval of Operating & Capital Budget 2021
- Approval of Operating Plan 2022-2023 and Capital Plan 2022-2025