Town of Edson’s Budget Simulator.


The Town of Edson understands that you care how your property tax dollars are spent. We invite you to use this budget simulator below to help you better understand where your tax dollars go and how they are used. At this time, this tool is designed for Residential properties only.

Please keep in mind this is only a simulation and won’t show exactly what your tax bill will be for 2020.

What you will learn:

  • How the tax dollars are invested in the Town of Edson, based on your property’s assessed value.
  • How funding changes to services will affect the level of service and your property tax bill.
  • Let’s get started!

    This tool is for educational purposes. Feel free to explore as many scenarios as you like before submitting your choices.

  • Move the sliders to the left, right or leave the slider at the status quo to indicate the amount of tax dollars that you feel should be allocated to that service.
  • After you have made your choices, scroll down to the Summary to see the overall impact to your property taxes based on your property’s assessment.
  • REMEMBER! You must hit ‘SUBMIT’ to have your voice heard!!

    2020 Utility and Taxation Update

    Edson Town Council held their annual budget workshop on October 19th, 2019. Administration presented Council with departmental operational budget requests, a capital budget plan, reserve fund updates, and a number of optional items for review. Council is considering a plan with the equivalent of a 5% tax increase for 2020. Some of that will be collected through taxation, with other portions coming through utilities.

    Utility Rates

    Water and Sewer Fees – An increase in water rates (2.2%) and sewer rates (4.4%) is being recommended for 2020. The new Asset Management Plan suggests an annual increase to utility rates to set aside funds for future infrastructure needs.
    Waste Collection Fees – The waste collection charge will be increased $0.50 per month to reflect the agreed upon inflationary contract increase with GFL for curbside pickup.
    Recycling Fees – It is being recommended that the cost of recycling is moved from taxation to utility bills. Recycling is considered a part of Waste Management. As such, the recycling costs should be reflected in Town utilities rather than being funded through taxation.

    Under this plan, the average household can expect an increase of about $2.00/month to their utility bills, plus the additional $9.00 for recycling. Commercial recycling fees will be $15/month.

    Taxation

    The proposed budget uses a 2.05% municipal tax increase; however, individual tax levies will be dependent on property assessments. Without moving recycling to utilities, this increase would be closer to 5%.

    This is a proposal only and both Administration and Council will continue to work on possible adjustments and recommendations prior to the finalization of the budget in December.

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    Protective Services

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    The Protective Services Department includes the Edson Fire Department, Bylaw, RCMP, and Emergency Planning. They oversee the bylaw enforcement and photo enforcement programs, as well as work closely with RCMP and EMS to provide the best emergency services possible for residents.

    Fire Department

    The Edson Fire Department is made up of a paid Chief, paid-on-call Deputy Chief, and 39 paid-on-call firefighters. The department provides fire protection, public education, rescue services, and medical first responder services to the Town of Edson.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Fire Department?

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    Bylaw/Peace Officer

    Through a philosophy of Education, Information, and Enforcement, the Community Peace Officer program is responsible for upholding Town of Edson bylaws, as well as overseeing the Animal licensing and Business licencing programs

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Bylaw/Peace Officer?

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    RCMP Services

    The Town of Edson pays for 70% of RCMP operating costs, and well as the full cost of municipal administrative support positions within the RCMP.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for RCMP Services?

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    Community Services

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    The Community Services Department oversees Recreation and Culture Programming, Parks, Trails, and Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Community Services works to enhance the quality of life for our community. Department values include health, self-sufficiency, diversity, inclusivity, safety, and social responsibility.

    Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

    FCSS provides programming that is preventive in nature and enhances the social well-being of individuals and families. FCSS programs are jointly funded between municipalities and the Province.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for FCSS?

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    Parks

    The Town of Edson Parks Department maintains all green spaces, public parks, trails, sports fields and the cemetery. Crews works on keeping grass maintained in the summer, trails clear in the winter, and overall beautification and maintenance of these areas year-round.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Parks?

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    Community Development

    Community Development runs events and programming relating to recreation and culture in the community. This includes events such as Eddie’s Big Run and Art in the Park.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Community Development?

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    Repsol Place

    Community Services manages Repsol Place pool and arenas, which offer aquatics programming including lane swimming, family and public swims, as well as public skating programs.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Repsol Place?

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    Infrastructure Services

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    Infrastructure Services looks after the physical assets of the community, as well as providing some core services such as water, sewer, roads, sidewalks, waste collection, etc. They also house the animal pound and are responsible for street clearing in the winter months.

    Roads and Sidewalks/Snow Removal

    Public Works looks after maintaining and servicing the roads and sidewalks of our community. This includes street sweeping in the summer and snow removal in the winter.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Roads and Sidewalks/Snow Removal?

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    Waste Collection

    Household Waste and Organics collection is handled via contractor with household waste collected biweekly and organics collected weekly in the summer and biweekly in the winter.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Waste Collection?

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    Landfill

    The Town of Edson manages a Class III landfill south of the railway on 54th Street South.

    Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Landfill?

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    Summary

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    If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".