The Town's Finance Department leads the budget development process, and is also responsible for monitoring and managing the Town's financial health. Provincial legislation requires us to have a balanced budget. This means money coming in (revenue) equals money going out (expenses). The balanced budget needs to be approved by Council annually.

2023 Operating Budget Presentation

Read the 2023 Operating Budget Presentation which was presented to Council at the October 31 Town Council Meeting.  Visit the Town of Olds YouTube Channel to watch the entire meeting

Where do your taxes go?

This informative one-page document highlights the breakdown of the operating and capital budgets. Click here for a printable pdf version.

Budget 2022 Report Booklet

2022 Budget Booklet

Previous Budget Report Booklets

Budget 2021 Report Booklet 

Budget 2020 Report Booklet 

Annual Budget Process

Each year as part of the budget process Council reviews all of the programs and services the Town provides. Council’s primary objective is to find long-term, sustainable solutions to ongoing budget challenges and ensure municipal services and programs are provided in the most efficient and effective manner to best meet the needs of the community. The review focuses more on setting priorities, exploring trade-offs (services and programs) to reduce the cost of delivery while maintaining or improving services and service levels. The wants and needs of the community are also weighed into this decision to see what is possible to do within the resources available.

The Town of Olds budgets are broken into two main components:

  • Operating: The operating budget is all of the day-to-day activities needed to provide services to the community. This includes things like salaries, wages and benefits, goods and supplies, fuel, and insurance. 
  • Capital: Town infrastructure is funded through the Capital Budget. The bulk of that funding goes to maintaining and rehabilitating existing infrastructure. As funding allows, the Town continues to fund growth, building new infrastructure and investing in the future.

Operating Budgets

2023 Operating Budget - approved April 11, 2023

2022 Operating Budget - approved April 11, 2022

2022 Interim Operating Budget - approved Dec. 13, 2021

2021 Operating Budget - adjusted Sept 13, 2021

2021-2023 Financial Plan

2020 Operating Budget

2019 Operating Budget

2018 Operating Budget

2017 Operating Budget

2016 Operating Budget

Capital Budgets

2023 - Capital Budget - Spring Budget Adjustments approved April 11, 2023

2022 Capital Plan - approved July 11, 2022

2022 Capital Plan - approved May 24, 2022

2022 Capital Plan - approved April 11, 2022

2022 Capital Plan - approved Dec. 13, 2021

2022-2031 Long Term Capital Plan

2022 Capital Plan

2021 Capital Plan - adjusted June 14, 2021

2020 Long-Term Capital Plan

2020 Capital Plan Budget Adjustment

2020 Capital Budget

2019 Capital Budget

2018 Capital Budget

2017 Capital Budget

2016 Capital Budget