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.
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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.
• 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.
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.