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2016 Spring

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1. 2016-17 Budget reaffirms government’s strong commitment to municipalities

Record funding for municipal revenue sharing highlights the $406.3 million in direct government support to Saskatchewan’s municipalities in the 2016-17 Provincial Budget.

The overall funding represents an increase of $56.7 million or 16.2 per cent from the 2015-16 Budget and an increase of $164.4 million or 67.9 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.

“Municipal governments provide critical front-line services to Saskatchewan citizens and are our partners in ensuring that we keep our province and its economy strong,” Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said. “In what is a very tough budget year, I am pleased that we have still been able to deliver the major funding that municipalities need to invest in their communities and their infrastructure.”

The municipal revenue sharing figure, announced earlier, is based on the value of one percentage point of Provincial Sales Tax (PST) revenue. A record $271.6 million is being provided to municipalities in municipal revenue sharing in 2016-17. That’s up $6.4 million or 2.4 per cent from last year’s Budget and up $144.4 million or 113.5 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.

Urban revenue sharing for all cities, towns, villages and resort villages will amount to $174.6 million in 2016-17. Revenue sharing for rural municipalities, which includes organized hamlets, will total $76.7 million, and northern municipalities will receive just under $20.3 million this fiscal year.

Saskatoon, the province’s largest city, will receive more than $48.5 million and Regina will receive just under $42.2 million in municipal revenue sharing.

View revenue sharing totals for individual municipalities

The Budget also provides $83.8 million in provincial support to municipal infrastructure through various programs.

Highlights include:

  • $21.4 million from the Ministry of Government Relations for provincial support under the New Building Canada Fund;
  • $23.7 million from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure for rural roads through the municipal roads strategy ($16 million) and the urban connector program ($7.7 million);
  • $25 million from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport for the Regina stadium project; and
  • $10 million from the Ministry of Government Relations for the Saskatoon North Commuter Bridge.

The Budget also provides $50.8 million in other funding to municipalities from ministries, including grants for such services and facilities as libraries, policing, urban parks and transit assistance.

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2. Online resources for municipalities

As government continues to update its website, the ministry would like to remind municipalities about some of the online resources and tools available to support municipal growth and administration. These items include:

Conflict of Interest
Information and resource material on the conflict of interest provisions in The Municipalities Act, The Cities Act and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010.

Municipal Taxes and Fees
Find information on how municipalities set tax policy and other fees for services.

Getting Ready for Municipal Elections
Information for Election officials and candidates to prepare and conduct the upcoming municipal elections in Fall 2016.

Municipal Administrator Resources
Information and resources to help municipal administrators carry out their duties and obligations of for their local government.

Municipal Growth Readiness Checklist
A checklist to help municipalities self-assess their strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities to enable prioritization of the most pressing risks to medium and long-term growth.

Municipal Government Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool
An interactive tool that can be used to assess information about municipal operation sustainability and help identify opportunities for improvement.

Residential Water and Sewer Utility Costs
A listing of municipal water and sewer costs with a related map based on the average household monthly usage of water. Comparison of these can help municipalities decide on their own rates.

Municipal Information Data Portal (MID)
Provides a categorized and consolidated source of municipal information for provincial government ministries, the municipal sector and the public. MID is designed as a one-stop-shop location to access municipal data and information online.

SaskMuniMaps
An interactive mapping system that provides municipal information in map and tabular form on population, expenditures, revenues, grants, assessment values, reserves, debt and uncollected revenues.

Mill Rate Survey Results
Survey results which provide detailed information on property taxes for municipalities, school divisions and libraries, along with related assessment details, tax tools and mill rates.

Municipal Potash Tax Sharing
Program designed to provide for a redistribution of municipal property taxes on potash mines with eligible rural and urban municipalities within a 20 mile radius of a potash mine.

Broad range of information

We encourage municipal staff and elected officials to access and use the broad range of information and other resources provided on the municipal administration website for analysis for administrative and local policy decisions.

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3. 2016 Resort Village General Elections

Key dates for resort village 2016 general elections are quickly approaching.

  • June 13, 2016 – Deadline to call for nominations
    Calls for nominations can be published or posted before that date. Nominations can be provided to or accepted from candidates at any time after the returning officer publishes or posts the call for nominations.

  • June 25, 2016 – Nomination day
    A candidate may withdraw his or her nomination on or before 2:00 p.m. on June 27, 2016. If there are insufficient candidates to fill all offices, a second nomination day will be held July 9, 2016. Calls for further nominations should be made as soon as possible.

  • July 27, 2016 – Last day for advance poll
    The council of the resort village has discretionary authority to establish advance polls. While legislation does not prescribe a specific deadline, this decision would be time sensitive to meet the window during which advance polls can be held. The earliest possible day for an advance poll is July 15, 2016; the last day possible is July 27, 2016.

  • July 30, 2016 – Election Day
    After Election Day, the municipality must report election results on the Municipal Election Results Form and update the resort village’s information on the Municipal Directory System.

Additional information

  • The first meeting of the newly elected council will be held at the call of the administrator on or before August 31, 2016.

  • The following online resources are available to help municipal election officials carry out the duties and responsibilities associated with holding a municipal election:

If you have any questions about The Local Government Election Act, 2015, please contact a Municipal Advisor with the Ministry of Government Relations at:

  • 306-787-2680
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4. Fire ban information

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations encourages elected leaders and local officials in municipalities to review their own emergency plans to ensure the information and contacts contained are up-to-date.

As the hot, dry and windy weather returns, Council members may also want to consider whether or not it would be beneficial to implement a fire ban in their municipality.

The ministry wants to remind officials that Saskatchewan municipalities have the general authority to establish a bylaw to provide for the declaration of a fire ban within their municipality.

This bylaw may establish who is authorized to declare and lift the fire ban, how citizens will be notified, specific conditions, applicable processes and penalties in the event of a contravention.

Questions or concerns

If municipal officials have any questions or concerns on emergency management planning for their community or the process to issue a fire ban, contact the Emergency Management and Fire Safety branch at:

  • 306-787-9563

Information about developing municipal bylaws may be obtained by contacting a municipal advisor at the Municipal Advisory Services unit at:

  • 306-787-2680
  • 306-425-4320 (for northern municipalities)
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5. Tips for editing forms

Local elections will soon be taking place across Saskatchewan. With this comes the need for local governments to use a series of forms to carry out the election process.

One example where a form could be edited is the Nomination form (Form I of Appendix C) of The Local Government Election Regulations, 2015. The bottom of page one outlines instructions about the rules about the number of signatures needed for each nomination.

Since municipality types differ, an election officer may wish to remove the requirements that do not apply to their municipality’s type.

If a municipality wanted to give a further description of the requirements found in the Act, it could add further instructions to the form that apply more specifically to their municipality type. As an example, for a rural municipality the instructions could be edited to read:

  • In a rural municipality, a nomination paper must be signed:
    (a) in the case of reeve, by at least two voters of the rural municipality; and
    (b) in the case of councillors, by at least two voters of the division for which the person is seeking office.

This example makes the language easier to read, while still being in accordance with The Interpretation Act, 1995 – specifically Section 26 of the Act, which states “(1) When a form is prescribed by or pursuant to an enactment, deviations from it that do not affect the substance and are not calculated to mislead do not invalidate the form used.”

A municipality may edit a form if the edit helps to clarify the form and provides useful information to those using the form while maintaining the intent and substance of the form.

At the bottom of page one of the form, there are instructions regarding the rules for the number of signatures needed for each nomination which reads:
  • require at least
    25 signatures for a municipality with a population of 20,000 or more (except for Rural Municipalities);
    5 signatures for a municipality with a population of less than 20,000 (except for Rural Municipalities); or
    2 signatures for Rural Municipalities.

A municipality may wish to remove the requirements that do not apply to their municipality type. This also applies to any type of forms prescribed in legislation.

Questions

If you have further questions about editing forms, please call a Municipal Advisor at:

  • 306-787-2680

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