Budget 2022

The City of Regina provides more than 60 lines of business that residents use every day to live, move, connect and grow in our community. Our budget planning involves looking for efficiencies and ways to reduce spending. It also involves working to ensure programs and services are reliable and affordable while continuing to make strategic capital investments in roads, public safety, recreation and culture, and City facilities to support Regina’s current needs and long-term growth.

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact the 2022 Budget. As those impacts become more clear throughout the remainder of this year, our budget planning will need to address them accordingly.

The City’s General Fund has an annual operating and capital budget of $613 million, more than half of which is funded through property taxes. Changes to the City’s revenue and expenses requires trade-offs in planning the budget. For example, a reduction in revenue from property taxes would require reduced spending to maintain status quo. This could happen from a reduction in City services, staffing levels or capital investment.

As we prepare the 2022 budget, we want to hear what your priorities and expectations are for the year ahead.

The City of Regina provides more than 60 lines of business that residents use every day to live, move, connect and grow in our community. Our budget planning involves looking for efficiencies and ways to reduce spending. It also involves working to ensure programs and services are reliable and affordable while continuing to make strategic capital investments in roads, public safety, recreation and culture, and City facilities to support Regina’s current needs and long-term growth.

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact the 2022 Budget. As those impacts become more clear throughout the remainder of this year, our budget planning will need to address them accordingly.

The City’s General Fund has an annual operating and capital budget of $613 million, more than half of which is funded through property taxes. Changes to the City’s revenue and expenses requires trade-offs in planning the budget. For example, a reduction in revenue from property taxes would require reduced spending to maintain status quo. This could happen from a reduction in City services, staffing levels or capital investment.

As we prepare the 2022 budget, we want to hear what your priorities and expectations are for the year ahead.

  • Summary of Survey Results

    More than 1,300 Regina residents have shared what services and budget considerations are most important to them as the City continues to plan the 2022 Budget. View summary.

    As with pre-budget consultation in previous years, road construction and repair remained the highest ranked priority among respondents, with 73 per cent placing it within their top three spending priorities. Public safety/crime/policing retained the spot of second highest priority overall, at 67 per cent. At 48 per cent overall, recreation/culture facilities was the third ranked priority for respondents, replacing snow clearing which held that spot last year.

    Respondents participating in the 2022 Pre-Budget Consultation indicated that maintaining or increasing capital spending (57 per cent) and reducing residential property taxes (55 per cent) continue to be top considerations respondents want Council decision-making to be guided by. This year, focus was again placed on understanding the impact of COVID-19 as well as other emerging issues important to residents.

    Among new and emerging priorities, 54 per cent of respondents ranked investments in community-based safety and wellness initiatives within their top three. Economic development incentives were prioritized by 46 per cent, followed by investments to address homelessness at 45 per cent.

    Pre-Budget 2022 consultation was held from July 14 to August 6.

    A 2022 Budget update will next be presented to the Executive Committee at its October 20 meeting. The proposed 2022 Budget is scheduled to be released in late November and reviewed by Council on December 15. The City will shift to multi-year budgeting for 2023/24. This approach will make it easier to determine more long-term budget impacts and will reduce administrative expenses related to annual budget preparation.

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