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.

2017 Budget

On April 11, 2017, Council approved a budget which reflected the impact of the provincial budget announced on March 22, 2017.  

Faced with an estimated $297,000+ shortfall  after the province unexpectedly cut the long-standing grants-in-lieu program, Council and Administration were forced to make some difficult decisions to make up this budget gap.  

2017 Budget Overview

 2017 Total Municipal Budget  $16.75 million
 2017 Operating Budget  $12 million
 2017 Capital Budget  $4.75 million


Did you know ... every $55,000 in funds translates to one tax percentage point?  

$55,000 = 1% tax increase/decrease

2017's municipal budget takes a blended approach of capital project deferrals and/or phasing, service reductions where programs may be provided elsewhere and a moderate tax increase to deal with this permanent loss of revenue.   

Investment into vital infrastructure, core services and public safety was maintained, as per Our Humboldt's community priorities.

The province has indicated that ongoing review of provincial grants and funding to municipalities will occur, meaning unpredictable and unsustainable funding for the municipal sector.  To continue to meet such budget challenges into 2018 and beyond, the City will apply its priority-based budget process to review programs, services and priorities with staff, stakeholders, Council members and the community.  

To learn more about how the province's budget is impacting communities, visit the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association's website


2017-2020 Budget Priorities Meeting

The City of Humboldt hosted an Open House for citizens on February 28, 2017 to review Council's proposed budget priorities.  City Councillors and Administration were in attendance to discuss the priorities.  


2017 Budget Development

The City of Humboldt is committed to delivering affordable, reliable municipal services that support our community.  Using a priority-based approach, resources are assigned to programs and services that have the most community impact.

What did we hear through the 2017 budget consultations? 

This information will be considered by Council to help prioritize resources, service levels and actions.

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).


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.