Released January 14, 2019
WEYBURN – On Monday, Weyburn City Council finalized decisions for the 2019 municipal budget, including a proposed property tax increase of 3.81 per cent across all classes.
“The proposed increase is a result of upcoming infrastructure projects that Council believes are important to our community while maintaining essential civic services,” said Laura Missal, Director of Finance.
The increase comes after deliberations in fall of 2018, where City Council directed administration to target a tax increase between three to four per cent.
For a homeowner with a property assessment value of $300,000, the municipal portion of the 3.81 per cent increase equates to $4.20 per month or $50.50 for the year.
“This increase still keeps Weyburn below the provincial average but allows us to move forward with important projects,” added Missal.
2019 Operating and Capital Budget Totals
- $35.7 million: Total 2019 budget (including utilities, operating and capital)
- $26.6 million: Total operating budget (including utilities)
- $9.1 million: Total capital budget (including utilities)
- $13.2 million: Total payments out of Reserves
- Proposed construction of Weyburn Recreation & Culture Centre (WRCC)
- Continued planning for proposed Fleet Storage Facility
- Asphalt paving of Government Rd., Sims St. and 16th St.
- Completion of the new 13 million litre water reservoir
- Phase 1 of Landfill Redevelopment Project
- Transfer of city pension to Municipal Employees Pension Plan (MEPP)
Administration continues to meet its goals of providing growth and sustainability through a balanced budget while maintaining a high level of service to the City of Weyburn rate payers.
City council will continue to inform and educate citizens and community stakeholders about budget processes, and encourages citizens to provide their input into services throughout the year.
View the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget overview presented at the regular meeting of Weyburn City Council on Jan. 14.