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The operating budget represents the day-to-day costs to operate the Town and provide programs and services. The Council uses the budget to set priorities in a given year by setting aside money for programs and services.

The operating budget is driven by strategic goals and departmental initiatives. The budget process includes a public meeting where department managers present their individual budgets to Council who then have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the budget.

Ultimately Council must adopt an operating budget for each calendar year. In the event that an operating budget is not passed by December 31 of a year, an interim operating budget may be adopted for part of a calendar year.

The 2021 Operating Budget Workshop took place with Council and the public on March 27, 2021. A copy of the presentation can be found HERE. The 2021 Operating Budget was approved at the May 19, 2021, Council Meeting. 

2021 Operating Budget

In addition, each year a Multi-Year Operating Plan, of a minimum of 3 years, must be prepared. The Multi-Year Operating Plan was accepted as information at the May 19, 2021, Council Meeting.

2022 – 2024 Multi-Year Operating Plan


The capital budget focuses on buying or building fixed assets and includes the amounts to acquire, construct, remove or improve capital property, the anticipated sources and amounts of money related to the capital item and the amount to be transferred from the operating budget. Council must also adopt a capital budget for each calendar year.

The 2021 Capital Budget was approved by Council on January 26, 2021, and amended by Council on February 9, 2021. Council can amend, add or remove items from the budget by way of Council resolution. Further amendments are documented on the capital budget cover sheet.

2021 Capital Budget

The Town of Didsbury also prepares a multi-year written capital plan which reflects its anticipated capital property additions over time. The multi-year plan is used in the annual capital budgeting process, however, it is not in itself a budget. Therefore, the multi-year plan may differ from any given annual adopted capital budget.

The Multi-Year Capital Plan (MYCP) was accepted by Council at the June 22, 2021 Council Meeting. The current year of the MYCP is amended as projects are amended by Council.

2020 - 2026 Multi-Year Capital Plan

Past year's budget documents can be found at the link below: