In 2022, Sturgeon County will invest more than $130 million towards better roads, future growth, and a safer, healthier community.
Budget 2022 will:
- continue to focus on critical infrastructure to ensure County residents and businesses are mobile through good quality roads, bridges and drainage needs. It will also focus on enhancing public safety areas like fire protection services, rural crime and community outdoor recreation opportunities that support residents’ well-being.
- lay the groundwork for future economic development opportunities across the County including initiatives to lower emissions like solar, hydrogen and oil and gas commodities both domestically and globally.
- develop a strong foundation to ensure Sturgeon County’s longer-term financial sustainability well into the future. More specifically, it provides a well-balanced plan by investing in high quality and essential services for our residents and businesses in a cost efficient and financially sustainable way.
The consolidated budget, which includes both operating and capital activities, provides for planned spending of $130.6 million. For context, the average spending from 2017 to 2020 in Sturgeon County was $78.8 million.
Budget 2022 highlights
- $1.4 million for Economic Development and Competitiveness
- Including $700,000 for growth related planning, including the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), Utility Waterline Expansion – Feasibility, and the Sturgeon Valley Growth Financial Analysis.
- $1.4 million Infrastructure Management and Modernization
- $0.4 million investments in open spaces (outdoor recreation) implementation initiatives, which are linked to the Community capital investments below.
- $1.4 million for Operational Efficiency and Sustainability
- Including $300,000 for priority operational initiatives including: Digital Permitting Platform & Customer Experience, GIS, disaster recovery plan (DRP) and by completing further work to establish a catalogue of current service levels to support future County operational and budget planning.
- $57.2 million to build or maintain roads and other vital infrastructure
- $44.9 million or 78% in Transportation
- $5.5 million or 10% in Internal (e.g. business operation facilities and vehicle and equipment fleet)
- $3.2 million or 6% in Externally and Self-Funded (Utilities), or Mandated Programs
- $2.4 million or 4% in Community (e.g. infrastructure and assets open to the public such as parks and open spaces)
- $1.2 million or 2% in Public Safety
- Transportation project highlights:
- $8.0 million Meadowview Drive – Phase 2
- $4.8 million Range Road 234 – Township Road 560 to Hwy 28
- $3 million Range Road 220 – Township Road 570 to Redwater
- $2.9 million Coal Mine Road – Fire Hall Road (252) to Range Road 252, and $1.8 million Range Road 252C - Bellerose Drive to Coal Mine Road
- Rehabilitation to projects for three subdivisions
- $4.6 million Glory Hills Subdivision
- $1.3 million Fort Augustus Subdivision
- $1.2 million Sturgeon Crest Subdivision
Budget 2022 is part of the larger 2022 – 2027 Capital Plan that includes $239 million of investments in key infrastructure while maintaining the County’s financial sustainability in the short and long-term.