2018 Citizen Budget: Have Your Say!

2018 Citizen Budget: Have Your Say!

May 29 - June 25, 2017

You’re invited to have your say … with our easy-to-use interactive and educational online tool - Citizen Budget. Take a few minutes and tell us your priorities and preferences for the 2018 Budget, and on the City’s future investments plans. How do you want to see tax dollars spent in 2018? What service levels are most important to you?

Citizen Budget allows you to share your views and have your say, and also…

    • better understand the municipal budget process
    • see how the impact that investment changes in services have on your property taxes
    • view how the municipal portion of your property tax dollars are allocated to the many civic services we all rely on everyday
    • understand the difficult decisions that City Council and Administration face each year as they make investment decisions on what matters most to citizens

Importantly, the priorities and preferences that Saskatoon citizens share with us through this year’s Citizen Budget will be shared with City Council, Administration and the public prior to the start of 2018 Preliminary Corporate Business Plan & Budget deliberations this October. Learn more about the City’s annual budget process, view our recent budget video series.

Here’s how you get started:

Step 1: Enter your home’s assessment - you can find this by using the Property Assessment & Tax Tool, or use the average property assessed value of $371,000. The pie charts and the sliders will adjust based on the property assessment value you enter.

Do you rent rather than own your property? You can still participate and have your say on the City’s service levels, and on your priorities for the 2018 Budget. Citizen Budget is pre-set with the value of $371,000 so you can just get started.

Step 2: Move the sliders to either increase or decrease spending in each service or program. You can leave the slider as is if you're fine with current service levels. As you move the sliders, the impacts of your choices will appear, allowing you to make an informed decision. As you make your choices, your property tax dollar amount will change in real time to show you the impact of your funding choices on your individual tax bill.

Step 3: Fill out the demographics questionnaire and hit Submit. You will be brought to your own dedicated results page, where you can compare your choices with the rest of the population.

Step 4: Share on social media!

Citizen Budget is an educational tool: it shows how building the City of Saskatoon’s annual budget requires balancing affordability for taxpayers with the delivery of City service levels residents expect. We look forward to hearing from you, it's important to us. Thank you for participating!

452 residents have already participated in this exercise. Have your say and share your response with friends!

The pie charts below show the property tax dollar breakdown for an average property's assessment value of $371,000 in Saskatoon. These charts are interactive and will change to reflect your property assessment value, once entered.



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Road Maintenance Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Ensuring adequate funding to preserve existing infrastructure, and investing enough in new infrastructure to keep pace with the city’s current rate of growth, will continue to be addressed through the City’s Building Better Roads program.

Building Better Roads is the City’s most aggressive program of road construction, repairs, and maintenance. Road conditions have been identified by residents as the single most important issue affecting our city. The City provides services for the maintenance, rehabilitation, and preservation of all roadway assets including roads, bridges, overpasses, sidewalks, back lanes and pathways, traffic noise sound walls, and street sweeping.

Visit our Traffic Detour Service Alerts for timely information, or subscribe if you haven't already.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Road Maintenance in the city?
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Snow & Ice Management Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Continuing to improve the current Snow & Ice Management program for snow clearing, snow removal, sanding and salting in order to satisfy required service levels; ensuring safe and timely movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and efficiently dealing with the added challenges of city growth..

Better Winter Roads is the City’s Snow & Ice Plan – this program provides snow clearing, snow removal, sanding and salting, and snow fencing; City crews often work 24/7 to provide better winter conditions for drivers and pedestrians in the city. During and after heavy snowfalls, salting, sanding and grading occurs according to the City's Priority System, with the highest traffic streets being cleared first.

Visit our Snow & Ice Service Alerts for timely information, or subscribe if you haven't already.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Snow & Ice Management in the city?
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Traffic Management Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
As the city continues to expand, the City’s ability to fund major transportation infrastructure such as bridges and overpassess to improve roadway capacity remains a challenge.

Saskatoon’s Transportation Division monitors traffic around the city and adjusts traffic control or road design to increase safety and efficiency.

This program includes planning for the future mobility needs of our growing population, assessing the performance of how our major roadways move people around the city through the use traffic counters, ensuring durable pavement markings, conducting traffic studies to account for traffic patterns, and monitoring/testing/evaluating traffic noise, (use of sound walls.)

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Traffic Management in Saskatoon?
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Saskatoon Police Service Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Increases in physical and population growth continue to strain the City’s funding capacity for the Saskatoon Police Service. There is increased pressure on human resources to support the demands brought by Saskatoon’s crime/social challenges.

The Saskatoon Police Service is responsible for the preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, detection and apprehension of law offenders, protection of the rights of persons and property, and enforcement of federal and provincial laws and City bylaws. In partnership with the community, the Police Service strives to provide service based on excellence to ensure a safe and secure environment.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for the Saskatoon Police Service?
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Fire Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
The city’s population and physical boundaries continue to grow, requiring an increase in resources to meet response times based on standards adopted by City Council.

Saskatoon Fire Department responds to all emergencies involving fire, pre-hospital emergency medical, entrapment of persons, and unplanned releases of regulated or hazardous materials and substances within predetermined timeframes is essential for the safety of the citizens of Saskatoon. In addition, the Saskatoon Fire Department provides extensive fire prevention and property maintenance inspection programs, education, and enforcement.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for the Saskatoon Fire Department?
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Transit/Access Transit Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Creating ongoing awareness to increase transit ridership (reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions) by making transit a more efficient option for moving around the city. Progressively increasing the service level to meet increasing demand for additional Access Transit passenger trips.

Saskatoon Transit strives to provide a high quality of service for all citizens as it focuses on the commuter needs of the residents of Saskatoon. Saskatoon Transit is working towards the use of innovative technologies and incentive programs to attract residents away from automobile dependency, growing its ridership – and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our city.

Access Transit provides an accessible, door to door public transit service for persons with special needs who cannot use our fixed route service with safety and dignity. A fleet of 26 buses serve customers within the city limits of Saskatoon.

Visit our Online Trip Planner to plan your next commute.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Saskatoon Transit?
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Planning for Growth & Development Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Growth in suburban neighbourhood developments, corridor redevelopments, infill and public realm improvements, all create challenges in meeting the needed transportation and infrastructure requirements addressed in the City’s Growth Plan to Half a Million.

Saskatoon remains one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. The primary goal for the City’s planners is to build an increasingly sustainable community over time, with an enhanced quality of life consistent with the vision and core strategies of the City's Strategic Plan.

Key areas of focus include: our future growth, land use and zoning policy, revitalization of existing communities, heritage management, and planning for new neighbourhoods.

Learn more about our Growth Plan to Half a Million.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Planning & Growth Development in Saskatoon?
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Community Grants & Affordable Housing Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Changing funding priorities from other levels of government (or with other Government Grant funding) means less funding is available for cultural and social community based organizations.

Through a number of grant programs, the City offers financial assistance in the form of cash grants and tax abatements to a variety of sport, culture and social-serving community groups. Incentives are also offered for cultural and heritage facilities, the stewardship of the natural and heritage resources along the river edges, tourism, and economic development in Saskatoon.

Through the Affordable Housing program the City plays an important role in encouraging and facilitating the creation of new rental housing in Saskatoon. While we do not build or operate housing, we do administer a number of programs designed to increase the supply of both affordable (subsidized) rental housing, and market priced rental housing.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Affordable Housing?
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How would you adjust your property tax funding for Community Grants?
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Garbage & Waste Reduction Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
A Performance Target goal of diverting 70% of waste from the Saskatoon landfill by 2023, means that more of Saskatoon’s waste must be recycled, reused, or composted rather than going to the landfill. Recapturing resources and seeking ongoing operational efficiencies is key.

As our population grows, the amount of waste generated increases and changes. Reducing and diverting materials going to the Landfill is a critical priority. Key programs and services include the collection and management of solid waste, the development and management of the recycling and composting program, and stewardship of household hazardous waste.

Learn more about recycling and What Goes In!

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Garbage & Waste Reduction programs and services in Saskatoon?
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Parks Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Keeping activities affordable and accessible to all residents. Citizen expectations continue to increase around service levels, infrastructure of leisure and recreation facilities, and on program trends due to changing needs, increased population and demographics.

The Parks Division is responsible for developing, preserving, and enhancing the City’s investment of its park system and civic open spaces. With Saskatoon growing and new neighbourhood development, comes an increase in park and open space infrastructure that must be maintained.

The City’s Parks services provide the required maintenance for approximately 2,250 hectares of park/open spaces, 283 outdoor sportfields, and 145 kms of park pathways. Services include grooming of cross country ski trails, flower pot program, the installation and maintenance of plant and floral displays at the Civic Conservatory, and the maintenance of irrigation systems.

The Parks Division maintains Saskatoon’s Urban Forest where on average 1,200 trees are planted annually in reforestation projects and in new park development, and also plays a role in the prevention of the spread of insect and plant pests, and wildlife management.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for the Parks program in Saskatoon?
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Recreation & Culture Learn more

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2018 Budget challenges include...
Keeping activities affordable and accessible to all residents. Also, aging infrastructure of recreation facilities, and changes in program trends, resident needs, and demographics.

City-operated indoor and outdoor recreation and sport facilities attract over 1.5 million visits a year. The City also works with local community organizations to operate and provide programs for youth and adults, and provides support to community-based organizations involved in delivering programs and services. An overarching goal is to increase participation rates of citizens taking advantage of the many recreation and cultural activities offered in Saskatoon.

Have you visited a Leisure Centre lately?

How would you adjust your property tax funding for Recreation & Culture in Saskatoon?
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Corporate Governance & Administrative Support

Corporate Governance & Administrative Support

This area provides essential administrative, human resource, information technology, and finance supports to all business lines within the City of Saskatoon, and the delivery of key civic services to residents, businesses, organizations and stakeholders. Quick, consistent and seamless delivery of the City’s customer service is key and will continue to be enhanced through expanded customer experience initiatives within the Service Saskatoon model.

Debt Servicing, and Other (includes Facility Management, Street lighting, Cemeteries) as shown in the detailed pie graph above are included within Corporate Governance & Administrative Support.

Citizen Advisory Panel & other comments you'd like to share

Saskatoon is growing, and the City needs to adapt to meet the changing needs and expectations of citizens like you.

Are you interested in an opportunity to help shape the design and delivery of City services into the future? Do you like the idea of helping the City understand how to serve citizens like you better? Your feedback is important - it will help us reach our continuous improvement goals.

Join the City of Saskatoon’s new online Citizen Advisory Panel today!

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Thanks for participating and submitting your priorities! The results of the 2018 Citizen Budget will be shared with City Council and made available on this page later this summer.

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

Consider joining the City of Saskatoon's new online Citizen Advisory Panel!

Visit saskatoon.ca/citizen-advisory-panel to get involved.

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".