Premier Moe announces record for municipal revenue sharing

Municipal revenue sharing next fiscal year will see a big boost in Saskatchewan.

Premier Scott Moe broke the news on Monday morning at the SUMA convention from the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina.

The program will receive a boost of $27 million in the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year for a overall record amount of $278 million.

Reflecting on the news, Moe told reporters it helps they have had significant infrastructure investments across the board.

“Whether it be at the provincial level with schools, hospitals and highways, or whether it be in partnership with the municipalities for over a decade now. I won’t say increasing each and every year, but certainly increasing over time.”

Moe added that increase in infrastructure will come as the government can afford it.

After hearing feedback from SUMA president Gordon Barnhart on Saskatchewan communities needing more support from the province, Moe said they understand there is more work to be done.

“We have made some ground in the way of water and waste water projects across this province, along with respect to replacing our health care facilities like the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, Saskatchewan Hospital, Moose Jaw Hospital, and Prince Albert and Weyburn are coming,” mentioned Moe.

“We will continue to not only invest in record amounts at the provincial level, but also in partnership with our municipalities so that we can continue to build the strong communities we have been working so hard on for some time now.”

The government says more information will be provided once the provincial budget is released.

According to the government, Saskatchewan municipalities have been allocated over $3 billion in provincial funding from 2007 to 2021 from the revenue sharing program.

More from 620 CKRM