It’s no April Fools joke.
People in Saskatchewan can expect higher prices as of Saturday if buying children’s clothes, tobacco, liquor or even going out to eat.
The provincial sales tax goes up one percentage point to six percent in a move finance minister Kevin Doherty says is needed as the province looks to balance its books in three years time because of a deficit that stands at 1.3 billion dollars.
It is expected adding the PST to restaurant meals and snacks will generate 94.5 million dollars while an extra 15.5 will be brought in to provincial coffers because of the decision to eliminate the exemption of PST on children’s clothes.
The biggest item is construction contracts whether they be new ones or simply renovating or repairing as it will bring in what the government believes to be just under 345 million dollars.
The trade-in value for a vehicle will also no longer be exempt from the PST