City Releases Proposed 2022 Budget Building a Safe, Sustainable Community
The City of Regina has released its proposed 2022 Budget – Building a Safe, Sustainable Community – which includes investments to make Regina safer, more accessible and sustainable.
“The proposed 2022 Budget reinforces our commitment to providing Regina residents with services, programs and infrastructure that are affordable and contribute to a vibrant and inclusive community,” says City Manager Chris Holden. “The Budget also reflects what we heard is important from residents in our pre-budget public consultation – better roads, maintaining infrastructure spending, for enhancing recreational/cultural facilities and improving community safety and well-being.”
The proposed 3.49 per cent mill rate increase allows the City to invest in strategic initiatives including:
- $6.9 million for the Recreation/Culture Capital Program and Recreation Infrastructure Program
- $6.3 million to advance initiatives to support the City’s target of being renewable by 2050, including$5.5 million for the development of a household food and yard waste program
- $1.4 million for initiatives that will enhance community safety and well-being for Regina residents
- $1.2 million to create safer sidewalks by addressing a backlog in sidewalk maintenance
- $1.0 million to make recreation and leisure activities more accessible for people with disabilities
Dedicated mill rates for Mosaic Stadium (0.45 per cent) and the Recreational Infrastructure Program (0.50 per cent), plus added investment in the Regina Police Service (1.32 per cent) is included in the proposed mill rate increase. For the average assessed home value of $315,000, the mill rate increase will be $6.31 per month.
A total investment of $136 million is proposed in the 2022 General Capital Fund for infrastructure maintenance and renewal of roads, bridges, sidewalks and City-owned and operated facilities. This includes projects such as:
- $18.2 million for the Street Infrastructure Renewal Program
- $12 million for the Residential Roads Renewal Program
- $10 million for Saskatchewan Drive corridor improvements
- $10 million for the Pinkie Road upgrade (Sherwood Drive to Dewdney Avenue)
- $5 million for bridge infrastructure renewal
Additionally, $119 million will be invested in capital work related to Regina’s Water Utility, which operates on a full cost-recovery basis. Highlights include:
- $42 million for the Eastern Pressure Solution to improve water pressure throughout Regina
- $10 million to replace and upgrade water meters throughout Regina, which will provide real-time information and improve efficiency
The 2022 Utility Fund Budget proposes a 5 per cent rate increase, which includes 2 per cent dedicated to accelerating the replacement of lead pipe connections throughout Regina. For the average homeowner, the rate increase will be $7.25 per month. This increase ensures residents continue to enjoy safe and reliable water, wastewater and stormwater services.
The Proposed 2022 Budget and any amendments will be considered by City Council:
- Wednesday, December 15 (Regina Police Service Budget) at 9 a.m.
- Thursday, December 16 & Friday, December 17 (Operating, Capital & Utility Budgets) at 9 a.m.
Citizens who want to address City Council may attend the meeting via teleconference. To attend, you must provide the Office of the City Clerk with a written submission and the telephone number you will be using to call in. You can do this by email to email@example.com or call 306-777-7262 no later than 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021. You will receive meeting details and instructions after you have confirmed your attendance for the meeting.
While Henry Baker Hall is currently closed to the public to help contain the spread of COVID-19, these meetings will be streamed live on Regina.ca/meetings, MyAccess.ca, and when community programming permits, televised on the Access 7 Community Channel.
Visit Regina.ca/budget to view a detailed summary of the proposed 2022 Budget.