While Saskatchewan continues to climb out of an economic recession, many of the province’s small towns and villages are having trouble funding infrastructure projects.
SUMA President Gordon Barnhart recently finished a tour across Saskatchewan to hear from members on their major issues.
Barnhart says nearly every community has various funding issues, from decommissioning landfills to expanding lagoons and upgrading water.
He says many of these urban municipalities generate most of their revenue for the year through property tax, and says, “we can only tax it so much.”
Barnhart says SUMA is working on other ways to generate revenue.
Barnhart says there has been some conversation of adding another cent to the price of gas to generate revenue, but he also notes revenue sharing hasn’t increased with the P-S-T.
He says they also don’t know if the municipal revenue sharing will also apply to recently added PST products, including kids clothes and restaurants.
Barnhart says municipalities may need to start working together to share project costs.