Tax Tools

Res #: 11-02M
Number: 11
Year: 2002
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations

Resolution No. 11-02M

WHEREAS, the Honourable Ron Osika, Minister of Government Relations, has indicated that the Government of Saskatchewan is reviewing the use of "Tax Tools" by rural municipalities; and

WHEREAS, the use of mill rate factors, minimum tax, and other taxing tools are vital to many municipalities as a means of fairly and equitably generating revenue to provide for local infrastructure; and 

WHEREAS, the ability to levy taxes is a critical function of local government and an important part of local autonomy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to retain existing legislation permitting municipalities to use tax tools.

Response From GRAA:

The extensive authority provided to local government carries with it the expectation of accountability and responsibility to the public that municipal councils serve and to the provincial government.

The province must balance the need for communities to have autonomy to meet the unique and changing needs of Saskatchewan people, with the public interest and provincial objectives.

The Department is currently undertaking its review of the application of property tax tools.