What is a municipal budget?
Each year, Wheatland County develops a budget that accounts for anticipated expenses and revenues and allocates funds to meet the needs of the municipality. Once approved by Wheatland County Council, administration uses the budget as a benchmark to control the fiscal operations of the municipality.
Budget priorities are guided by Council’s Strategic Plan, which includes a detailed list of long-term and short-term objectives for the municipality. Furthermore, the budget is comprised of two sections: the operating budget and capital budget.
The Operating Budget is established to fund the regular activities and functions of the municipality. These projects include:
- Building maintenance
- Road works
- Employee wages
- Waste and recyling
The Capital Budget includes approved infrastructure renewal projects. These projects may include:
- Road and sidewalk repairs
- Facility improvements
- Equipment replacement
- Water infrastructure upgrades
Budget Process Timeline
Oct. 16 – Nov. 8, 2020
We actively sought feedback on budget priorities and satisfaction of service levels through a public engagement survey.
Nov. 9 – Nov. 30, 2020
Administration will review and analyze the feedback you provided through the survey. As well as the budget asks from each department. These findings will be brought forward to a Council Budget Meeting.
Dec. 15, 2020
The report and findings will be presented to Council for a decision at a Council Meeting.
In January 2021, the budget will come into effect. The County will use this budget to address all functions for the calendar year.
Your County, Your Budget
2021 Municipal Budget Survey
As your Wheatland County Council and administration work to create a rounded and responsible municipal budget for 2021, they need to have best-possible understanding of our community’s needs and expectations. The information shared through this survey were provided to members of Council and administration as they prepared the upcoming budget. The final report highlights the results of the survey that were presented to Council and administration.
Thank you for showing interest in the 2021 Your County, Your Dollar Municipal Budget campaign.
For more information on the accepted budget please visit https://wheatlandcounty.ca/documents/budgets/.