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New: Budget at a Glance Issue #2

The City of Edmonton’s Budget is about work.

It’s the work of translating what we dream about for our community (when we stop to contemplate these things) into what we experience when we’re actually out there in a city built of asphalt, concrete, glass, wood, paint, brick, iron, bark, granite, steel, tile, bronze, polyvinyl chloride, rock, water, dirt and grass.

It’s the work of Councillors who study, debate, argue, resolve, compromise and vote. 

It’s the work of administrators who answer questions, advise, provide history and context.

And it’s the work of Edmontonians who follow the discussions, make comments, ask questions and speak in front of City Council. 

The Budget is the game plan for how best to spend $3 billion a year for the kinds of things we can’t do ourselves. Paving roads. Fixing curbs. Planting trees. Clearing snow. Staying safe. Growing neighbourhoods. Playing sports. Moving from here to there.

And it’s helped to life by the people who work for the City of Edmonton.

None of this work can happen without your money.

All of this work happens in the knowledge of what your money actually represents. 

It represents your own work.

Edmontonians work hard for the money to help build the meaning of their lives here. The portion of that money that goes to City Hall to bring the Budget to life—your taxes—is treated not as an abstract number or an entry in a database. Your money is used to build the common good, but never treated commonly. Your  money is treated with care, prudence and respect. 

The City Budget is about the work that respects your work. 

If you have questions, ask them here and we'll provide an answer as quickly as we can.

If you want to dig deep and explore past budgets, related information, fact sheets and financial white papers, we’ve got what you’re looking for at edmonton.ca/budget 

Our collected budget, finance and tax information and resources list can be found here.