2017 Amended Budget
On April 18, 2017, Council approved a 2017 amended Budget which addressed the impact of the provincial budget announced on March 22, 2017. The changes are a combination of immediate changes and commissioning of some work to be completed in the near term to review policy and programs to see what else the City can do to meet the funding shortfall of $10.3 million this year and an estimated $15.7 million in 2018.
The City of Regina is managing programs and services and its finances with a long-term view. Difficult decisions were required to balance the budget which is required by law.
Public safety is the City’s first priority when considering the options and changes to programs, services or the level of those services. Residents’ needs for affordability and the City's need for long-term financial sustainability are top-of-mind.
The City remains vigilant around investing in and revitalizing needed infrastructure. Good work has been done to date and this is not being jeopardized.
The City did not draw on reserves to cover the budget shortfall.
Changes that take effect this year:
- The 2017 mill rate will be increased by an additional 2.5% from the original approved increase of 3.99%. The impact on the homeowner with an assessed home value of $350,000 is estimated to be an additional $3.87/month as a result for a total increase of $9.80/month. This does not include Education Taxes which are set by the provincial government.
- The Regina Police Service Budget will be reduced by $1 million by deferring projects and drawing on reserves for capital projects. Front line service and response times will not be affected.
- Street use permits and traffic bylaw fees will increase by 20%, effective July 1, 2017
- Voluntary payment for parking ticket fees will increase by $10, effective July 1, 2017
- Cost reductions for one-time savings of $240,600 and ongoing savings of $330,000 in addition to the $2.5 million reduction in administrative savings already included in the 2017 budget
- Program and service reductions for one-time savings of $874,500 and ongoing savings of $1.4 million
- A moratorium on all non-essential out-of-province travel
- A hiring freeze on all non-essential vacancies
- A targeted reduction in the City’s overall labour force through attrition
Reviews that will begin with changes planned in 2018:
- The funding relationship with City service partners to ensure best value for funding invested
- The repeal of The Wascana Centre Authority Act and the tabling of The Provincial Capital Commission Act, which changes the relationship and financial obligations of the City with Wascana Park
- Property tax exemptions to build alignment with the community grant program to ensure equitable treatment and value for funding invested across all stakeholders
- The split of property tax between residential and non-residential property tax payers to ensure equity and fairness
- Other tax opportunities including expanded application of the Amusement Tax
- Recreation services and service levels in response to the recommendations of the Recreation Master Plan
- Opportunities to establish solid waste management as a self-sustaining utility
- Fees for Planning and Building applications
Additional information will be included in the annual property tax notice which is mailed in May to assist in understanding the increased amount.
Please contact Service Regina at 306-777-7000 if you have questions or concerns.