Each year, Council and City staff work together to develop an annual budget. Municipalities in Saskatchewan are required by legislation to have a balanced budget. This means that no debt can be incurred to fund basic operating expenses. Debt can only be used to fund capital projects such as buildings, roads, water, sewer or other major projects.
The budget outlines how the money that comes into the City should be spent to maintain and improve the City. As the City is limited by the amount of resources available, the budget helps in determining those initiatives which will produce the greatest positive impact in the community.
Where does the City get its funds?
The following breakdown shows how the City of Humboldt receives approximately $17.5 million in annual revenue (2016):
- Property Taxes - $6.8 million | 39%
- Grants - $5.6 million | 32%
- Fees & Charges - $4.7 million | 27%
- Other Revenues - $411,000 | 2%
Where does the City spend its funds?
The City of Humboldt spends 92% ($16.1 million) on programs and services for the community and only 8% ($1.4 million) on governance and administrative functions (2016).
2019 Approved Budget
The mandate from Council is that administration prepare a budget that balances the need to invest in our infrastructure like buildings, pipes and roads, and keeps our community attractive with recreational and cultural opportunities, all while keeping user fees and taxes at reasonable levels.
On Thursday, December 20, 2018, Council met to deliberate the Proposed 2019 Budget. Council reached a unanimous vote to adopt the Proposed 2019 Budget, with only 2 minor changes with no impact on the proposed tax increase.
The 2019 Budget addresses several significant goals and objectives, while most notably resulting in a modest 2% tax increase. This increase is approximately half the amount in other cities within the province who have imposed tax increases of around 4.5%.
Only three years ago, Humboldt had one of the highest tax rates of all the cities in the province, but through a number of positive initiatives the City now finds itself in the middle of the pack with respect to the average mill rates for the cities. This is a very positive accomplishment in a short period of time while still being able to complete many capital projects, including replace aging equipment and investing over 2 million dollars annually in infrastructure improvements.
Click here to view the 2019 Approved Budget.
City Council met on January 29th, 2018 and approved the 2018 Budget for the City. There were a number of operational changes as well as many significant capital projects that the City will be proceeding with during 2018. Even with budgeting a further decrease in revenues from Provincial funding and cost increases from inflationary forces affecting utility and personnel costs, the City was able to find savings in a number of other operational areas. Overall the City was able to produce a balanced budget with a modest increase in property taxes estimated at 2%. Click here to view the approved proposed 2018 Budget.
The following lists many of the notable projects scheduled to proceed in 2018.
Watermain Replacement and Road Base work
- 3rd Street from 6th Ave to 7th Ave
- 6th Avenue from 12th St to 17th St
- Canada Place
- 9th Avenue from 13th Street to Canada Place
Road Base Work and Paving
- 13th Street from 11th Avenue to North end of roadway
- Peck Road between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue
- King Crescent where Storm Sewer was installed
- Telfer Place
Microsealing (thin asphalt overlay)
- 9th Street from 5th Avenue to Highway 5
Roadway preservation (sand slurry seal)
- 4th Street from 13th Ave to 14th Ave
- 13th Avenue from Hwy 20 to Golf Course access
- Brockman Place
- Heidgerken Crescent
- 2nd Avenue from 3rd St to 101st St
- 3rd Street from Laskin Cr to north end of pavement
- Laskin Crescent (north leg only)
- 5th Street from 2nd Ave to 3rd Ave
- 5th Street from 4th Ave to 5th Ave
- 6th Street from 2nd Ave to 4th Ave
- 7th Street from 3rd Ave to 5th Ave
- 14th Street from 3rd Ave to 4th Ave (Chip Seal Application)
- North side of Hwy 5 from 16th St to 17th St, new sidewalk
- Hwy 5 from Peck Road to Lakewood Drive
- Hwy 5 from 104th Street to easterly access onto Crawley Road
- 5th Avenue from Peck Road to approximately 13th Street
Significant Fleet Purchases
- Heavy Rescue Truck for Fire Department in partnership with the Humboldt and District Fire Protection Association
- Replacement of wheeled excavator
- Replacement of trench shield
- Truck for Water and Sewer operations
- Small utility tractor for parks maintenance operations
- Redevelopment of Ball Diamonds at Centennial Park
- Development of Green Space north of High School
- Completion of Lagoon odour and capacity study
- Purchase of Columbariums for both public and Catholic cemeteries
- Multiple maintenance and repair items at the Uniplex
- Some replacement of furniture at Convention Centre
- Beginning stage of developing Burton Trail
- Initial work to develop a Communities in Bloom committee
- Increased attention to pruning city-owned boulevard trees
2017 Public Accounts and Audited Financial Statement
The 2017 Public Accounts and Audited Financial Statement for the City of Humboldt is now available for the public. Copies can be picked up at the City Hall or the Reid-Thompson Public Library or click here to view now.
Priority Based Budgeting Philosophy
The underlying philosophy of priority-based budgeting is about how government should invest its resources to meet its stated goals and objectives by:
- Prioritizing services.
- Doing the important things well.
- Questioning past patterns of spending.
- Spending within the organization's means.
- Knowing the true costs of doing business.
- Providing transparency of community priorities.
- Providing transparency of service impacts.
- Demanding accountability for results.
We're leading the way ... Humboldt is the first community in Saskatchewan, and one of only a handful of Canadian communities, committed to implementing priority-based budgeting as a best practice.