2021 Your City, Your Dollar

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In an ideal world, what kind of budget would you create? What municipal services would you prioritize? How would you balance the needs and wants of your community?

Through the 2021 Your City, Your Dollar Budget Engagement Campaign, you will have the ability to answer these questions and much more. This process will allow you to design, refine, compare and submit your ideal budget.

The feedback collected in this survey will help inform City Council and Administration on the preferences and desires of the community; and will be considered when creating the official 2021 Municipal Budget.

How is the budget prepared?

Each year the City of Lloydminster creates a municipal budget which helps govern the services and spending of Council and Administration. The following actions guide the development of each municipal budget.

  • February- Assessors deliver live property assessments and Municipal Affairs audit the values.
  • March/April- Property assessments are delivered while provincial governments determine educational levies.
  • April/May- Administration and City Council create the mill rate. Following an approved mill rate, taxation notices are distributed to property owners.
  • June/August- Administration reviews operational costs, service levels, and capital requirements for the upcoming year.
  • August/September- Public feedback is sought through the Your City, Your Dollar Budget Engagement campaign. Following the campaign, feedback is reviewed and considered for the official draft budget.
  • October/December- Administration refines and proposes the draft budget to City Council. An interim or final budget must be approved prior to December 31.

How are services funded?

It is important to create a even balance between expenses and revenues. In 2020, the City of Lloydminster utilized four main sources of revenues to off-set the municipal expenses:

  • Property Taxes ($35,958,439),
  • Utility Payments ($25,391,927),
  • Government Grants and User Fees ($21,030,149) ; and
  • Land Sales ($1,428,940).

How can you get involved?

We recognize that COVID-19 has put us in a unique situation when it comes to providing feedback. However, with this year's digital Your City, Your Dollar campaign we have made providing feedback and obtaining information about the budget process simpler than ever.

Between August 14 and September 4, residents had the opportunity to create their ideal budget and propose service adjustments to City Council for consideration through our online survey. Feedback from this survey will be used and considered when drafting the 2021 municipal budget. Stay tuned for the official What We Heard Report coming soon.


In an ideal world, what kind of budget would you create? What municipal services would you prioritize? How would you balance the needs and wants of your community?

Through the 2021 Your City, Your Dollar Budget Engagement Campaign, you will have the ability to answer these questions and much more. This process will allow you to design, refine, compare and submit your ideal budget.

The feedback collected in this survey will help inform City Council and Administration on the preferences and desires of the community; and will be considered when creating the official 2021 Municipal Budget.

How is the budget prepared?

Each year the City of Lloydminster creates a municipal budget which helps govern the services and spending of Council and Administration. The following actions guide the development of each municipal budget.

  • February- Assessors deliver live property assessments and Municipal Affairs audit the values.
  • March/April- Property assessments are delivered while provincial governments determine educational levies.
  • April/May- Administration and City Council create the mill rate. Following an approved mill rate, taxation notices are distributed to property owners.
  • June/August- Administration reviews operational costs, service levels, and capital requirements for the upcoming year.
  • August/September- Public feedback is sought through the Your City, Your Dollar Budget Engagement campaign. Following the campaign, feedback is reviewed and considered for the official draft budget.
  • October/December- Administration refines and proposes the draft budget to City Council. An interim or final budget must be approved prior to December 31.

How are services funded?

It is important to create a even balance between expenses and revenues. In 2020, the City of Lloydminster utilized four main sources of revenues to off-set the municipal expenses:

  • Property Taxes ($35,958,439),
  • Utility Payments ($25,391,927),
  • Government Grants and User Fees ($21,030,149) ; and
  • Land Sales ($1,428,940).

How can you get involved?

We recognize that COVID-19 has put us in a unique situation when it comes to providing feedback. However, with this year's digital Your City, Your Dollar campaign we have made providing feedback and obtaining information about the budget process simpler than ever.

Between August 14 and September 4, residents had the opportunity to create their ideal budget and propose service adjustments to City Council for consideration through our online survey. Feedback from this survey will be used and considered when drafting the 2021 municipal budget. Stay tuned for the official What We Heard Report coming soon.


What are your budget questions?

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    How are you planning to manage cuts through the economic downturn? Example are you cutting city workers and asking more of those that stay. Similar to what other brick and mortar businesses are going through today.

    Louis asked 4 months ago

    Hi Louis, 

    Thank you for the question. 

    We understand that many business and households in our community are feeling the effects of sustained economic challenges. Local governments are a bit different from retail and commercial businesses in that municipal budgets fund essential services like water, wastewater, road maintenance, waste disposal and much more. Simply stated, significant reductions in staff or funding negatively impact the City’s ability to provide those essential services.

    Like all businesses and households, the City must adapt to changing circumstances, which is why this past March, the City made significant staff reductions, largely as a result of the impacts COVID-19 was having – and continues to have – on municipal operations. 

    During the annual budgeting process, currently underway, Council and Administration conduct a thorough assessment of City services and capital needs. The City engages the community through the budgeting process to ensure the priorities of its ratepayers are reflected in budgeting decisions. Working under the direction of City Council, the City of Lloydminster continually seeks ways to operate within its means to provide the best possible value to Lloydminster residents and businesses.

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    Why are so many city councillors needed?

    Louis asked 4 months ago

    Hi Louis, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    The Lloydminster Charter (Section 87) stipulates that Council consists of 6 councillors and the Mayor. Council may increase or decrease the number by bylaw to deviate from the seven individuals. However, Lloydminster City Council has not done that in the past. 

    Have a great day.