2021 Preliminary Budget Released

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November 27, 2020

Moose Jaw, SK – The City of Moose Jaw has released the preliminary 2021 Budget.

The 2021 Budgets consist of Operating, Capital and Equipment components. All together these budgets total $119,381,068 in spending that covers the provision of the City’s many programs and services as well as capital renewal of our assets. In order to fund this budget, the following municipal taxation and utility rates have been proposed to City Council:

TAXATION

2.87% Municipal Tax Increase for Operating Budget ($3.53/month)

1.18% Municipal Tax Increase for Police Service Budget ($1.45/month)

$35.00 per year increase in the Infrastructure Levy to fund cast iron watermain replacement. ($2.92/month)

For the average municipal property tax bill this amounts to $7.90 per month and $94.80 annually.

UTILITIES

6.00% Waterworks Utility Rate Increase to provide funding for capital renewal ($3.86/month)

5.00% Sanitary Sewer Utility Rate Increase to provide funding for capital renewal ($2.58/month)

For the average utility bill, this amounts to $6.44/month or $77.28 annually.

“The proposed 2021 Budget is intended to provide an extensive list of essential services such as Police, Fire, snow removal and street maintenace,” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “It also provides quality of life services such as arenas, pools, libraries, museums, sports fields, field houses and transit. We look forward to deliberating the Budget with our new Council.”

To read the entire 2021 preliminary Budget, click here.

Special Budget meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday December 2nd 5:30 p.m. – Budget deliberations begin on the proposed Budget.

Wednesday December 9th 5:30 p.m. – Deliberations continue.

Wednesday December 16th 5:30 p.m. – Deliberations continue.

All Budget meetings are open to the public. The City reminds residents that COVID-19 safety protocols are in place, masks are mandatory and seating in Council Chambers is limited. All Budget meetings will be broadcast on Shaw Cable (within Moose Jaw) and will be streamed live with the link on the City Council Minutes & Meetings page on the City’s website, www.MooseJaw.ca.