Municipalities of Saskatchewan hoping government reconsiders prompt payment rules

Municipalities of Saskatchewan wants the government to reconsider prompt payment legislation.

Gordon Barnhart with Municipalities of Saskatchewan says the regulations have the potential to cost municipalities millions in taxpayers’ dollars.

He feels there was no consultation with them first before a decision was made.

“We very much appreciate that prompt payment is important because every business, and in fact, every municipality, relies on people paying their bills, so we’re very supportive of that” said Barnhart. “But, the Construction Association for example, really couldn’t give us examples of how municipalities have been negligent paying their bills.”

The legislation requires project owners to pay invoices from general contractors within 28 days of receiving an invoice.

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