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2015 January

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1. Property Assessment and Taxation Workshop – Training Opportunity for Municipal Elected Officials

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:

  • assessment;
  • 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.

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2. Government Relations at the 2015 SUMA Convention Tradeshow

Do you have questions about public safety, municipal legislation, grant programs or planning?  If so, come visit the Ministry of Government Relations tradeshow booths at SUMA’s Annual Convention Tradeshow to have your questions answered by an expert. 

Staff from the ministry’s municipal affairs area will located at booth 159, and staff from the Emergency Management and Fire Safety, Provincial Disaster Assistance Program and Building Standards branches will be at booths 152-158.

The tradeshow begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, February 2 and runs until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3.

For more information on the 2015 SUMA convention, visit SUMA's website. 

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3. Nominations now being accepted for second year of PSCA

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Nominations are now open for the second year of the Premier’s Service Club Award (PSCA).  Voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations that meet to perform charitable work either by hands-on effort or by raising money for other organizations are eligible.

The nomination deadline for the second year of this award is Tues., Feb. 17, 2015.

You can download a nomination form and a list of eligible organizations.  You can also contact the Protocol Office via email or call toll free at 1-877-427-5505.

Launched in late 2013, this new award was created to recognize the dedicated service clubs and fraternal organizations that help improve Saskatchewan’s quality of life by contributing to the province’s communities.

These groups are ineligible to receive group recognition under the other current provincial honours and awards programs.

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4. Nominations open for the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal

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The nomination deadline has been extended for the next recipients of the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal.

Eligible recipients with 25 years of exemplary service in 2014 have until March 31, 2015 to be nominated.

The medal recognizes individuals’ work protecting Saskatchewan people or their property in either a volunteer or a full-time capacity.  The medal displays a shield, stylized western red lily and a royal lion, surrounded by the Latin motto Qui civitatem tuentur, which means, “Who guard the citizenry.”

The medal is also surmounted by the St. Edward's Crown and suspended from a ribbon of green with two narrow gold stripes representing the provincial colours.  Established in 2003, the medal program is administered by the Government of Saskatchewan in close co-operation with organizations with eligible personnel.

You can download a nomination form, contact the Government of Saskatchewan’s Protocol Office via email or call toll free at 1-877-427-5505.

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