Current and Previous Budgets

City services impact your life every day. Each time you visit a recreation centre, have your garbage or recycling picked up, drink clean water from the tap, ride Medicine Hat Transit or have emergency services rush to your aid – you are using a City of Medicine Hat service.

That’s why the City’s budget is so important – it’s about setting our collective goals and building a great city. It determines the level of service provided to Medicine Hat residents and guides decisions on what City infrastructure will be purchased, built and repaired. As the City is limited by the amount of resources available, the Budget helps determine which projects and services have the highest priority and greatest impact on the community while advancing Council's priorities.

The budget is a financial plan that describes how much money the City will raise and spend.  In Medicine Hat, it is separated into three segments:

  • municipal tax-supported
  • utility rate-supported, and
  • commodity-based (COMCO)

City staff put forward a proposed budget for deliberation and consideration by City Council. The approval of the budget will directly impact the City’s services, programs and infrastructure.

Proposed 2023 and 2024 budget

The proposed 2023 and 2024 budget was introduced to City Council on November 7, 2022 and is currently under consideration.

View the proposed budgets and accompanying information in the boxes below. The proposals were created using key budget assumptions which were approved on July 4, 2022.

Municipal tax-supported budget (proposed)

Property taxes are used to fund services like emergency services (Police, Fire Protection, and 911), road maintenance and snow clearing, parks and swimming pools, public transit, and much more

View the proposed 2023 and 2024 Municipal Tax-Supported and Invest Medicine Hat budget

Q & A

Utility rate-supported budget (proposed)

The rate-supported budget ensures the City can build, maintain, replace, administer, and operate infrastructure to deliver the five utility services:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Solid waste (garbage and recycling)
  • Electric distribution
  • Gas distribution

View the proposed 2023 and 2024 Utility Rate-Supported budget

Q & A

Commodity-based (COMCO) budget (proposed)

The COMCO budget covers the finances related to the production (or generation) of our commodity-based business (electricity, oil and natural gas).

View the proposed 2023 and 2024 COMCO budget

Q & A

Budget timeline
November 7, 2022

Proposed budget introduced to City Council
First reading of rate bylaws

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November 16, 2022

Council Committee of the Whole - budget deliberations

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November 21, 2022

Budget deliberations and public hearing
Anticipated second and third reading of rate bylaws
Earliest opportunity for budget to be adopted

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December 5, 2022 Further deliberations at City Council if required
December 19, 2022 Further deliberations at City Council if required
December 31, 2022 Budget must be adopted in accordance with the Municipal Government Act

Current and past budgets

Open current and past City of Medicine Hat municipal budgets and energy and utility budgets.

Energy and Utilities Budget Archive
Municipal Budget Archive