Hello Ward 7 Residents,
I hope you and your families are well and enjoying Spring in Saskatoon!
City Council has now approved a plan to manage the budgetary impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. This response plan does not include any new property tax increases (either in 2020 or in 2021) as a result of COVID-19. Basic city services will continue without significant interruption with a couple exceptions:
- the planned Lead Pipe Replacement work for 2020 will be deferred in order to minimize disruptions to water for residents
- Street Sweeping work will begin as usual on May 25th, and while streets will be signed and vehicles will be towed, no tickets will be issued this year
- Parks will see a slight decrease in mowing and watering this year in order to ensure appropriate distancing for staff
The capital project work planned for the 2020 construction season will proceed. This investment totals approximately $390 million in financial activity that will help to stimulate the economy and enable businesses to hire for this work. In addition, it ensures the City will not fall behind on important infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to roads, sidewalks, and other assets.
In general, the City is going to continue to focus on financially responsible decisions that will reduce overall spending, and will also address shortfalls using the fiscal stabilization reserve. We intend to continue working with other orders of government regarding assistance and support to municipalities. If the above measures do not fully address funding shortfalls, further spending reductions will be considered in 2021, including the possible deferral of some capital work, in order to address the remaining deficit.
As of May 18th, the usual summer garbage collection frequency will take effect. This is slightly delayed as compared to a typical summer, but once things are up and running your collection day will remain the same, and only the frequency of collection will change. If you have questions about the schedule, you can check the Collections Calendar and sign up for email reminders here.
Property tax notices have now gone out, so I wanted to re-circulate information about payment options, which can be found in detail here. In summary, the property tax deadline has been extended until September 30, 2020, and residents can pay without penalty up to that date.
Cheer for Heroes
Please mark this Saturday, May 9th, at 7:00 as a date and time to step out onto your front step or balcony to sing, cheer, and generally make some noise in tribute to the many workers who have been working at the front lines in our community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks very much for reading. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that may be on your mind.
All the best,
City Councillor, Ward 7