Key Tasks in March and April
Start gathering information and preparing for 2017 operating and capital budgets. You do not need to wait until the 2016 numbers have been audited.
Start reviewing and preparing for the opening of the assessment roll by May 1. Additional time and consultation with the property owners and your service provider may be required. The assessment roll is open for 60 days in revaluation years.
March 31 – Deadline for property owners to provide notice to the RM for the lessee to receive a rural dwelling exemption.
March 31 – Deadline to submit Municipal Annual Expenditure Report (MAER) for communities with active projects funded under the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).
March 31 – Deadline to submit nominations for the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal.
Don’t forget that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/tools-guides-and-resources/municipal-administrator-resources.
Board of Revision – updated manual
Municipalities must appoint a board of revision each year to hear and decide assessment appeals.
The updated Board of Revision manual is available online at Assessment Appeals Guide For Board of Revision Members in Saskatchewan. This guide helps board of revision members and secretaries understand their role in the assessment appeal process.
Council Procedural Bylaw
Municipal councils should review their Council Procedural Bylaw to ensure members:
are aware of its requirements;
have an opportunity to address areas of concern or areas where it may not be accurate; or
have an opportunity to propose changes.
Reminder: Public Notice is required before amending or passing a council procedure bylaw.
2016 Census Data
Municipal questions or concerns with the census data can be directed to Statistics Canada.
Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Course
This course provides an overview of access and privacy laws that apply to local authorities in Saskatchewan. It is available online at Access and Privacy Course for Local Authorities.
There is also a new webinar entitled LAFOIP 101 – Basics for Cities, Towns Municipalities, etc. available online from the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner.
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