Budget

The Budget Process

Developing a budget is a year-round process.  Administration prepares a budget to cover the next year’s anticipated operating and capital costs. This budget is then reviewed by Clearwater County Council during meetings that run over multiple days (Strategic Planning Council Committee of the Whole meetings - or budget deliberations).  

What is an operating budget?

The operating budget shows the day-to-day costs of delivering programs and services for the next year. These costs are similar to your everyday household expenses such as mortgage payments, utilities or groceries.

The operations budget is prepared to a four-year outlook, but reviewed and approved yearly. 

What is a capital budget?

The capital budget indicates the funds needed for a specific year of the 10-year capital planning period. It is how major projects are funded such as bridge rehabilitation and construction; building and improving public facilities such as recreation facilities (Rocky Regional Recreation Centre), community centres/halls, fire halls and equipment; dealing with growth pressures such as new roads; and new initiatives. These costs are similar to adding an addition to your home this year.

The capital budget is prepared to a 10-year outlook, but reviewed and approved yearly.

To view the below infographic of the annual budget process (January - December) in a larger format in a new window, click here.

2023 Draft Budget

Clearwater County Council held budget deliberations on December 7-9, 2022 in preparation for adopting the 2023 budget on December 20, 2022. Visit the budget feedback page to view the summary document and to provide feedback. 

The official news release will be available soon.



2022 Approved Budget

Clearwater County Council approved the four-year financial and 10-year capital plans in a special meeting held December 21, 2021. These plans include operating and capital budgets for 2022. Click here to see the 2021 budget news release.



2021 Approved Budget 

Council approved the 2021 operating and capital budgets in a Special Meeting held on December 21, 2020. Follow these links for the following agendas: December 16 (Operating Budget), December 17 (Capital Budget), December 21 (Special Council Meeting).


2020 Approved Budget

Council approved the 2020 operating and capital budgets and the 2020-2023 operating and 2020-2029 capital plans in a Special Meeting held on December 17, 2019. Click here to see the 2020 budget news release.


2019 Approved Budget

Council approved the 2019-2021 Operating and 2019-2028 Capital Plans in a special meeting held December 17, 2018. These plans include approved operating and capital budgets for 2019. Click here to see the 2019 budget news release.
 

2018 Approved Budget

The budget process includes tying the dollars spent to the strategic plans Council has in place for the vision of Clearwater County. Click here to see the 2018 budget news release. 
 
Other resources:
  • Click here to view a PDF of Clearwater County's Capital Three Year Budget.
  • Click here to view a PDF of Clearwater County's Operating Three Year Budget.
  • Click here to view a PDF of Clearwater County's Overall Budget Summary 2018 - 2020.