Municipal Habitat Conservation Fund

In 1991, the Municipal Habitat Conservation Fund (the Fund) was established by Saskatchewan Environment, as a component of the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund. SARM was involved in developing a program to assist municipalities in acquiring taxes by the grant in lieu method, whereby Saskatchewan Environment pays a grant in lieu of taxes out of this Fund, on approximately 1,300 parcels of land across the province. SARM entered into arrangements with Saskatchewan Environment to administer this program on their behalf.

Each year Saskatchewan Environment provides SARM with a list of lands that are eligible for the grant in lieu under the Fund. SARM prepares the grant in lieu applications and sends them to the rural municipalities that have eligible land. The rural municipality verifies the parcels, records the assessment, mill rates and taxes due, and returns the application to SARM. From these applications SARM prepares a report listing the taxes less the discount for each parcel, and sends it to the Fund. The Fund verifies the report and makes payment to SARM. SARM distributes the payments to the municipalities by direct deposit for the taxes, less the applicable discount. SARM retains the lesser of the total discounts or $10,000 as a commission for administering this program.

For more information contact Kristina Buitenhuis, kbuitenhuis@sarm.ca, or 306.761.3730.

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