SAMA Regional Offices
Res #: 21-10M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs
WHEREAS the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) has experienced an approximate $2.1 million budget reduction due to provincial government cutbacks;
WHEREAS there is discussion to reduce the number of SAMA regional offices; and
WHEREAS the North Battleford SAMA office covers many northern municipalities which are up to a six hour drive from Saskatoon;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to retain the SAMA regional office in North Battleford.
Response from Honourable Darryl Hickie, Minister of Municipal Affairs:
- The Ministry has consulted with the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA). SAMA recognizes the importance of maintaining a regional presence in the northwest part of the province and advises it does not plan to close the North Battleford office.
- SAMA is an independent agency. The agency makes operational decisions separate from the provincial government. SAMA is governed by a seven member Board of Directors. Members are nominated by the provincial government, SUMA and SARM.