Presented by: The Ministry of Government Relations and the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA)
When: Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (just prior to the SUMA convention)
Where: TCU Place, Saskatoon – Centennial Hall B
Cost: Free, but registration is required
All elected officials are encouraged to attend and administrators are welcome.
About the Workshop:
One of the most important roles of municipal elected officials is to make decisions on how to generate revenue for their municipalities to provide various services. Property taxes generate the major portion of municipal revenue. Property taxes are determined by assessment and tax policy, which can be complex matters. Decision making on municipal tax policy rests solely on elected officials and a good working knowledge of assessment and tax policy is vital.
The Ministry of Government Relations’ Advisory Services Branch will explain the municipality’s role in:
- the percentage of values;
- the basics of property taxation; and
- how municipalities can use tax tools to meet local needs in setting tax policy.
SAMA will provide an "Assessment 101” workshop as a refresher for those familiar with the property assessment process. Current topics such as SAMA’s new maintenance fee and initial trends for the 2017 Revaluation will also be discussed. Assessment valuation is critical to the development of municipal budgets.
Further training sessions geared for administrators will be held at future dates. For more information please contact Diana Lee, Municipal Advisor, Ministry of Government Relations, at (306) 787-2823.