The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is pleased by announcements made this week by Provincial Officials at the Association’s 2013 Annual Convention in Saskatoon.
On Tuesday, March 12, Minister of Government Relations, Jim Reiter announced that the Ministry is working toward an immediate increase in road maintenance agreement rates. The increase is meant to provide rural municipalities (RMs) with some financial relief prior to the conclusion of the study on road maintenance agreements rates being undertaken by the Province. “The interim increase in these rates is an important step in the right direction”, stated SARM President David Marit.
The Honorable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, brought more good news to SARM delegates on Wednesday morning, announcing increased funding for the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) in the upcoming Provincial Budget. “RMs require government funding to better the province’s road network to facilitate development. We are excited to see what additional funds will be available to RMs in the Budget to develop our vital road infrastructure”, said President Marit.
The Premier also announced a new program for doctors working in rural Saskatchewan. The Rural Physician Incentive Program will provide up to $120,000 in funding for recent medical graduates who establish their practice in rural communities. “We are very pleased to hear about the new incentive program. The financial incentive being offered to new doctors is an important part of a broad recruitment strategy for rural communities”, concluded President Marit.
For more information contact:
David Marit Dale Harvey
President Executive Director
(306) 476-7754 (306) 535-7343