Moose Jaw City Council Approves 2024 Budget

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December 19, 2024

MOOSE JAW – Moose Jaw City Council has approved the 2024 Budget.

At a special meeting of Council Monday, December 18, Council approved a 7.6% property tax increase to fund the 2024 Operating, Capital and Equipment Reserve Budgets. Council also approved a 4% increase to water rates and a 4% increase to sewer rates in 2024.

For the average single-family homeowner, the changes work out to:

  • 4.66% Municipal tax increase = $6.64 per month/$79.69 per year.
  • 2.09% MJ Police Service increase = $2.98 per month/$35.74 per year.
  • 0.85% Moose Jaw Events Centre increase = $1.21 per month/$14.56 per year.
  • Waste Collection increase: $0.39 per month/$4.68 per year.
  • 4% Water & 4% Wastewater increase = $5.35 per month/$64.20 per year.

Total increase for the average single-family homeowner: $16.57 per month/$198.84 per year.

Among the approved 2024 Budget initiatives:

  • Funding for the Water Main Replacement Program.
  • Funding for all third-party group requests.
  • Permitting Software so users can complete the City’s permit process online from start to finish, including payments, via the City’s website,
  • Professional services for building valuations that would allow for the risk of insurance claims on buildings to be mitigated in respect to insufficient values.
  • Cyber Insurance to provide not only financial coverage in the event of a claim, but also professional assistance to minimize the effects of a cyber attack.

“This budget reflects the stark impact of inflation on the City of Moose Jaw,” said Clive Tolley, Mayor. “We know this increase will be challenging for our residents, but we have infrastructure and program needs that can’t be ignored.” Tolley added, “during Budget deliberations there were other proposed programs and services our community needs that we had to reject due to our financial situation. I thank our Administration for their dedication to improving our city, and I thank our entire City Council for their time and insight throughout the Budget process.”