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City opening digital survey for budget feedback

Lloydminster residents are being asked for their input on how the city spends its money.

The city is opening up an interactive digital survey in preparation of the 2021 budget. The survey will be open from August 10th to September 4th.

“The input and feedback we receive from the community will help Council and Administration focus on streamlining programs and services and ensure each tax dollar is spent on what Lloydminster wants and needs,” Mayor Gerald Aalbers says. “It’s also important we establish a budget the incoming mayor and council can work with to continue building a sustainable future.”

The survey will be based on the 2020 mill rate and property owners can add their assessment value to see how changes to the service level can affect their taxation rates. Residents can also draft, edit and submit a budget and compare them against other anonymous submissions.

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Municipalities are required to create a budget every year and they cannot be in a deficit.

In past years, the city held in-person engagement sessions to get feedback from the community, however the online sessions are becoming more common place due to the COVID-19 pandemic protocols. The city has many projects scheduled for community engagement until the end of the year.

Public, in-person engagements will resume when the Government of Saskatchewan allows for it.

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