Released January 11, 2021
WEYBURN – Weyburn City Council approved the 2021 operating and capital budget for the City of Weyburn on Monday.
The approved budget maintains current levels of services and programming while ensuring sustainability into the future, at an overall spending increase of $150,000 to address key priorities. 2020 brought significant challenges and difficult choices, but the City’s administrative team believes the 2021 budget presents a balanced and responsible plan that focuses on important priorities for its Weyburn residents.
Key priorities in the 2021 budget include investments in roads, pathway paving, fleet additions, police recruitments and parks projects. The City’s 2021 plan keeps property taxes affordable while maintaining and investing in infrastructure and services.
The City’s 2021 budget consists of an operating budget of $19 million, a capital budget of $12.3 million including general operations and utilities, and a $4.6 million utility and landfill budget. The 2021 budget also includes a reserve contribution of $0.9 million, as well as an additional $8.8 million paid out to reserves.
Throughout 2021, the City will continue to provide funding to the Weyburn Humane Society, South East Regional and Weyburn Public libraries, and Saskatchewan Lotteries funding to local organizations. 2021 will also see the completion of the Credit Union Spark Centre, a new fleet storage facility and the replacement of the bridge along Hwy 13.
Overall, the City believes the small increase in revenue for 2021 provides a balance between addressing priorities, providing growth and continuing to keep Weyburn comparable and competitive with other Saskatchewan cities. The City sets its mill rates in the spring of each year and property tax notices are sent to rate payers with their calculated municipal tax contribution.
Weyburn is home to around 11,000 residents located in the heart of Southeast Saskatchewan, and is a community steeped in culture and industry. The City provides a variety of sports, culture and arts amenities, high level of services to its rate payers and economic opportunities for business.
More information on the 2021 City of Weyburn budget and past budgets found here.