Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told delegates at the SUMA convention that the provincial deficit continues to grow and now stands at 1.2 billion dollars.
Wall told the gathering in Saskatoon that his government will not procrastinate and that he will do what he can to balance the budget this year.
Wall did tell the group what they didn’t want to hear, which was town and cities will receive less money.
While it is not clear how much less they will get, Wall indicated a drop of around 5-percent or 13-million dollars.
When it comes to the budget, and what could be done in several different areas as the province tries to control spending, Wall said ““When I say that everything is on the table for consideration, I mean everything.”
NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon had harsh words for Premier Brad Wall’s announcement calling the new numbers “disgraceful.”
“The Premier of Saskatchewan lied to Saskatchewan people,” said Wotherspoon. “Saskatchewan people expect honesty. This is a premier who hasn’t been honest and who has masked and hid his incredible mismanagement.”
Premier Wall also told delegates they did not see immediate bounce back on revenues for non-renewable resource.
He added revenues from taxes was lower than forecast whereas crop insurance claims were higher due to a late harvest.
The government was reviewing PST exemptions and the education property tax structure to save money, said Wall.