Saskatoon city council members will make a decision about a potential $1.1 million revamp of the city's website during upcoming budget deliberations.
The current site, saskatoon.ca, has been criticized for being tough to navigate, with information that's often out of date.
Surveys and an audit also found it's not optimized for cellphones, tablets or other mobile devices. Also not good: the information goes one way, from the city to citizens, but not vice-versa.
The city has already spent $200,000 on a review of the website.
Now it's looking to put another $1.1 million into a complete redesign.
The goal, the city says, is for people to be able to access information within three clicks and to have it loaded on their computers in less than five seconds.
The city also wants better integration with social media applications like Twitter and Facebook, as well as more two-way interaction with citizens.
While the figure of $1.1 million was viewed by some as out of line with what is the norm for website development, David Mosher, one expert, said it might be a reasonable estimate.
"My initial reaction was the same as probably a lot of the general public. That number seems like a lot when you're talking about design," Mosher said Monday night. "They refer to it as a web design, but there are really a whole lot of things that go into web design."
City officials are suggesting a two-year long process to overhaul Saskatoon's website.
The question of what to spend on the website was discussed by council during its meeting Monday night, and will be addressed in a budget meeting slated for December.