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2022/2023 Multi-Year Budget

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Participate and Share Your Input: Special Finance Meeting on August 31, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

At the June 21, 2021 Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC) meeting, members asked for a deferral to set the indicative rates for 2022 and 2023 as well as passed a motion to allow for input from residents and the business community on the matter. 

Special Finance Meeting
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
1:00 p.m.

Submit your input and/or request to make a presentation in the following ways:

If you are requesting to make a presentation to GPC, you must state that in your letter.
You are encouraged to contact the City Clerk's Office at 306-975-3240 to clarify the requirements for sharing input at this Special Meeting.

By continuing to work together as residents, City Council and civic administration, we will achieve our vision of growing a vibrant city and making Saskatoon a great place to live, work, learn and play.

Our 2022-2023 Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget remains inspired by the core idea of investing in what matters. Yet we must rise to challenges in light of the financial pressures from declining non-tax revenues and long-term revenue uncertainty due largely to the impact of COVID-19.   

  • We remain committed to planning ahead and providing residents with greater certainty about the future direction of property tax. 
  • We keep Saskatoon residents at the forefront of our budget planning through investment decisions in the priorities and services that matter most. 
  • We are focused on our long-term goal to manage the City in a smart, sustainable way through continuous improvement, pursuing innovation, and a dedication to maximizing service value for tax dollars.
  • We are dedicated to pursuing alternate revenue streams to reduce the reliance on property tax.
  • We manage both risk and debt appropriately.

Now, more than ever, we must go beyond conventional approaches to plan the 2022/2023 Budget and meet the need financial challenges impacting the City of Saskatoon as a result of COVID-19.

2022-2023 Multi-Year Budget Planning Timeline

The City of Saskatoon is preparing its first multi-year budget during a global pandemic. Despite the uncertainty as to when restrictions are lifted and people respond to a post-pandemic environment, the City Administration is recommending that the Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC) of City Council set the 2022 and 2023 indicative rates at their next meeting, Monday, June 21.

Setting the indicative municipal property tax rate for the next two years is an important first building block in the development of the City’s multi-year business plan and budget. The indicative rate guides the Administration in preparing the budget by allocating resources to the services, programs and initiatives that help achieve Council’s strategic priorities. 

It is important to remember this first budget building step is not to finalize the property tax rates. City Council will finalize its decisions at the 2022/2023 budget deliberations set for November 29, 30 and December 1, 2021. Full News Release

Administrative Report to GPC, June 21, 2021: Setting the 2022 and 2023 Indicative Budget 

Citizen input has always been an important part of the City's budget process. In May and June 2021, the City will gather public input through two surveys: the Civic Satisfaction & Performance Survey #1, and the Civic Services Survey: Performance, Priorities & Preferences Survey #2.   These surveys were last conducted in 2018 to inform the City’s first multi-year business plan and budget for 2020 and 2021. The 2021 surveys will be used to inform City Council in the development of the 2022-2023 Budget. 
View the results of both 2018 Civic Surveys here. 

 Interested in viewing how the municipal (City) portion of your 2021 property tax is invested in civic services? Slowly enter your street name (it will autofill for you after the first few letters), and then enter your building number next in the Property Assessment & Tax Tool. Select the Tax Information Tab to view how your property tax is allocated to civic services.