The City Finance Department provides financial support to the entire organization, in accordance with GAAP, GASB regulations, the state laws and administrative policies established by the City Commission. The finance officer is responsible for recording minutes of City Commission meetings and keeps custody of official documents of the City Commission.

The primary responsibilities of the Finance Department include:

  • Assist with budget development
  • Administering and investing all the funds of the city, including utility funds
  • Grant and intergovernmental revenue administration
  • Implementation of financial controls
  • Receivables
  • Processing vendor payments
  • Utility payments
  • Preparing and maintaining the required accounting records
  • Banking relations
  • Risk management and loss control
  • Preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Debt service analysis and bond payments
  • Administration of special assessments
  • Payroll
  • Administration of municipal elections
  • Business and contractor licensing


2021 Audit Report

2021 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

Open Record Request Form

2023 Fee Schedule


Department Description

The Public Works Department is tasked with overseeing seven distinct divisions. These divisions include:

  • General Government Buildings
  • Division: Streets
  • Division: Street Lights & Traffic Signal
  • Division: Snow Removal
  • Division: Street Cleaning
  • Division: Solid Waste
  • Division of Public Health / West Nile

Find the 2022 Drinking Water Report here.
Find the 2021 Drinking Water Report here.
Find the 2020 Drinking Water Report here.
Find the 2019 Drinking Water Report here.
Find the 2018 Drinking Water Report here.

The Canton Public Works Department employs 8 year round full time employees specific to the Divisions listed in this section. Additionally, 1 part time employee works at the City’s Rubble Site and 5 seasonal full time employees work during the summer months.


The Canton Police Department is a progressive agency that enforces federal, state and local laws, while either hosting or participating in numerous community service programs each year.

The Canton Police Department
312 E 5th Street
Canton, SD



Corner of 5th Street and Dakota Street

101 North Dakota Street
PO Box 152
Canton, SD 57013

Volunteer Fire Department (605) 764-5126


Chief – Nate Laubach

1st Assistant – Devon Chaulk

2nd Assistant – Shawn Kitrell

Steward – Matt Manley

Treasurer – Dan Painter

Secretary – Colton Laubach

2021 Canton Volunteer Fire Department Annual Report

Canton Volunteer Fire Membership Application


The Canton Public Library celebrated 100 years of service in October 2013! Centrally located one block north of the Lincoln County Courthouse, the library provides a large selection of books, e-books, magazines, audio and movies for people of all ages.

Canton Public Library

225 N. Broadway
Canton, SD 57013

See the Canton High School yearbooks here! 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The City of Canton wishes to enhance the quality of life of our community by providing diverse recreational facilities, programs and services and preserving and developing our natural resources. Residents have several options for recreational endeavors. Hikers and nature-lovers can discover peaceful hiking on the scenic trails, while kayaks and canoes can enjoy the Big Sioux River. Several of our parks are equipped with picnic tables and shelters for those wishing to enjoy an afternoon picnic.

City Parks

Swimming Pool

Summer Recreation Programs


The rubble site is a drop off site for debris in Lincoln County. It is located east of Canton on Highway 18, across from the hospital and golf course. Please read over the rules, regulations and fees before taking any items to the site.

Address: 403 S Hiawatha Drive
Phone: 605-987-5563

Rubble Site Rules, Regulations & Fees, effective 10/4/2022

2023 Rubble Site Free Saturdays

Hours of Operation

Summer (April through October)

Monday – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday – closed
Wednesday – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
2nd Saturday & last Saturday – 10:00AM – 5:00PM (all other Saturdays closed)
Sunday – Closed

Winter (November through March)

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday – Closed
Friday – Closed
Last Saturday – 10:00AM – 4:00PM (all other Saturdays closed)
Sunday – Closed

The grass and leaf drop-off is open at the City Shop.

• The drop-off site is for grass, leaves and garden debris only. NO BRANCHES.
• The drop-off site is for City of Canton residents only. 
• Commercial use prohibited.
• We ask residents that if the Rubble Site is open, please bring grass and leaves out there – FREE of charge – to avoid double hauling.

We would appreciate the resident’s cooperation and assistance in reporting non-compliance. If you see any of the above mentioned activities happening, please contact City Hall at 605-987-2881 or