In 2018-19, Government Relations undertook a review of the Municipal Revenue Sharing program. Changes to the program include:
- Funding will be based on the value of .75 of 1 point of the Provincial Sales Tax from the second preceding year;
- Funding percentages to the four pools will remain substantially the same but will be rounded to one decimal point;
- Beginning in 2019-20, Targeted Sector Support of $1.5 million from Municipal Revenue Sharing will be allocated to support programs, projects and initiatives directed at good governance, legislative compliance and increased inter-municipal and regional co-operation;
- After a test year for additional eligibility criteria in 2019-20, municipalities will attest to their compliance with a set of key legislative provisions in order to remain eligible. Full implementation is intended for 2020-21.
In 2019-20, the Government of Saskatchewan will distribute $251 million to municipalities in Municipal Revenue Sharing. This is the equivalent of .75 of one full point of Provincial Sales Tax (from 2017-18 Public Accounts).
This commitment represents a $124 million increase, 98 per cent, over 2007-08. This level of commitment aligns with the Government of Saskatchewan's promise to develop a long-term revenue sharing plan with the municipal sector that is linked to the performance of the province's economy.
For 2019-20, $120.532 million or 47.9 per cent is allocated to the cities, $40.764 million or 16.2 per cent to towns, villages and resort villages, $71.715 million or 28.5 per cent to rural municipalities, and $18.621 million or 7.4 per cent to northern communities.
Breakdown by Pool
Below, the breakdown by pools includes revenue sharing commitments for the last 13 years for the urban pool (cities, towns, villages and resort villages); the rural pool (rural municipalities and organized hamlets); and the northern pool (northern municipalities). Numbers are in millions and rounded to the nearest two decimals.
All figures are based on budgeted amounts.
*Includes conditional road and bridge funding, and Primary Weight Corridor funding in 2007-08 and 2008-09, as well as Communities in Transition (CIT) capital. These programs with the exception of CIT, have been transferred to the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.
**Beginning in 2016-17, a portion of Municipal Revenue Sharing will be used to offset costs associated with expanding Ombudsman Saskatchewan’s jurisdiction to include municipalities and municipal matters ($300,000 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, $501,716 in 2018-19 and $564,626 in 2019-20). Payments are subject to approval of program regulations, as applicable, and the 2019-20 budget.
The 2019-20 distribution for the cities is $182.25 per capita based on the 2016 census populations.
Towns, Villages and Resort Villages
The 2019-20 distribution for the towns, villages and resort villages is a $2,025 base amount, plus $204.04 per capita based on the 2016 census populations.
There are three components to the Rural Revenue Sharing grant as follows:
1. Unconditional Grants
The formula bases the grant on a combination of transportation/roads related data (70 per cent) and a per capita amount calculated using the most current available Canada Census figures (30 per cent). As part of the review, the formula was simplified by using earlier taxable assessment and roads data in order to finalize calculations earlier in the year to provide rural municipalities with estimates sooner for budget planning purposes. As well as, an investment of $750,000 was added to the rural pool to enable the addition of approximately 750 km of municipal roads through First Nations lands to be added to the inventory for rural grant calculations.
The Revenue Sharing grant for the Rural Municipality (RM) of Lakeland No. 521 will be calculated as an exception to the formula described above. The formula used for towns, villages and resort villages will apply and will still be paid from the RM funding pool. This formula was implemented to address the RM's similarities to urban municipalities relating to lack of rural roads relative to total population.
2. Organized Hamlet Grants
The 2019-20 distribution for organized hamlets is 60 per cent of the base amount for towns, villages and resort villages ($1,215) plus 60 per cent of the per capita amount for the towns, villages and resort villages ($122.42) based on the 2016 census populations.
As they are not incorporated, grants are paid to the rural municipality on behalf of the organized hamlets.
3. Conditional Rural Revenue Sharing Grants
Communities in Transition