The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association has set up a webpage for residents to get all the information about the advocacy work SUMA is doing after the provincial budget.
Municipalities in the province are still struggling to figure out what changes they have to make to make up for the cut of grants in lieu (GIL) from the provincial budget.
SUMA CEO Laurent Mougeot says the province has let down municipalities, not just with the cuts, but after the fact as well with a lack of communication.
He notes it’s been over a month now, and this is the worst communication between government and municipalities he has seen in 40 years.
Especially with the GIL program, Mougeot says it has been a big part of municipalities for a long time. He adds it was back in the ’40s and ’50s when municipalities sold their own power plants to make a provincial power grid now known as SaskPower.
At the time, the province agreed to a 5% royalty, but he says the elimination of grants in lieu has broken that agreement.
The website includes information on grants in lieu being cut and how to share concerns with your MLA, as well as links to all the news coverage the budget has received.