I hope that you've been enjoying the warmer weather while staying safe. June was a busy month across Saskatoon as many businesses and services started to reopen. I want to thank everyone for their work to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Saskatoon. We aren't out of the woods yet, so please continue to follow the advice of public health officials.
On Thursday, June 11th, City Council approved a plan to carefully re-open our City recreation facilities in line with Provincial guidelines.
Thank you to everyone who joined last week's Online Town Hall Meeting to ask questions or just to watch. Thank you again to Mayor Charlie Clark for joining and contributing to the conversation.
The reason Saskatoon is such an amazing place to live is because of times like this when we spend together as a community (even virtually). You contribute to making this city a great place to live. You care about how our community is impacted, you care about your neighbours, and you volunteer your time to help make a difference.
The last couple of months have been an interesting and challenging time for families across Saskatoon. While it's been tough to have our lives changed in such a significant way, as your Councillor I have seen people coming together from all walks of life to support one another. From people reaching out on social media to offer grocery pickup to neighbours checking in on each other, I am proud of how our community has responded to the challenges we are facing. While we have seen some positive news in the last few weeks in terms of Covid infections, I hope that we keep our guard up.
Just as Covid-19 has had an impact on the finances of many families, the pandemic has caused some major changes to budgeted expenses and revenues at the City. There have been some areas of savings, for example, with recreation facilities closed there are lower expenses on those buildings. At the same time, there are lower revenues from parking, bus fares, property taxes (because of deferred payment options), and leisure centre tickets.