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2017 Summer

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1. Municipal Administrator’s Corner

Key tasks in July, August and early September

  • July
    • Reminder: no tax levy may be authorized unless the council has adopted the operating and capital budget for the year.
    • Ensure a tax levy is authorized by resolution or bylaw prior to the August 15 deadline for tax roll preparation.
    • If using tax tools, ensure a bylaw for minimum tax, base tax or mill rate factors is passed prior to the August 15 deadline for tax roll preparation.
  • August (The Municipalities Act, The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010)
    • Prepare the tax roll on or before August 15.
    • Prepare and send tax notices prior to September 1.
  • September 1 (The Municipalities Act, The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010)
    • Publicize the financial statements or a summary of them and the auditor’s report by this date.
    • A municipality may prepare the assessment roll on or after September 1 in the year before the year to which the assessment roll relates.

Remember that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online on www.saskatchewan.ca.

Training for Board of Revision Members and Secretaries

Government Relations completed a pilot project in webinar training for board of revision members and secretaries. Two taped webinars are available for viewing.

The webinar for board of revision members covers:

  • role of the board;
  • appeal process;
  • conducting a fair hearing; and
  • decisions of the board.

The webinar for board of revision secretaries covers:

  • role of the secretary;
  • legislated deadlines;
  • appeal process; and
  • rules about evidence.

Please contact Melissa McCloy, Municipal Advisor at melissa.mccloy@gov.sk.ca or by phone at (306) 798-0131, if you would like a link to access the webinars sent to you. You will be able to forward the link to additional viewers.

Remember that an 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.

New LAFOIP Resource

Recorded webinar training about The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP) is available online at https://oipc.sk.ca/resources/webinars/.

The webinar covers:

  • access requests;
  • privacy breaches;
  • the Information and Privacy Commissioner; and
  • balancing the Public and the Private.

Next Edition of Municipalities Today

The next edition of Municipalities Today will be distributed on Friday, September 15.

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2. New Director of Operations for Emergency Management and Fire Safety

The Ministry of Government Relations is pleased to welcome Ray Unrau in his new position as Director of Operations in the Emergency Management and Fire Safety Branch (EMFS).

Ray began working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for MD Ambulance in 1982 and became a paramedic in 1987. He began working for the Saskatoon Fire Department in 1993 as a firefighter but transferred into the department’s Training Division in 1999 to instruct the EMS program and eventually the Technical Rescue program. In 2002, Ray joined Saskatoon’s Emergency Measures Office, first as a Coordinator and then as the Director of Emergency Planning for the City of Saskatoon.

Ray started his new position in EMFS on July 1.

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3. Delay in the Adoption of the National Building Code (NBC) 2015 and National Fire Code (NFC) 2015

The province asked industry stakeholders to provide feedback about the NBC 2015 and NFC 2015 earlier this year. More information is being requested from stakeholders; that is why the Codes did not come into effect on July 1, 2017.

A new date will be decided and announced in the coming weeks.

If you or others have a question about how to apply the NBC and NFC to projects currently underway (or in the process of being planned), please contact:

    Building Standards and Licensing
    100 – 1855 Victoria Avenue
    REGINA, SK S4P 3T2

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4. Nominate your Municipality for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards

Is your municipality doing something new, innovative, ahead of the curve…maybe even award worthy? Are you working with neighbouring municipalities?

Take the time to celebrate the successes, innovations, and excellence in your municipality through a nomination for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards.

Nominations for these awards are open until September 8, 2017. For details about the award or to download a nomination form, visit the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards website.

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5. Education Property Tax Forms with 2017 Mill Rates

Municipalities collect the Education Property Tax (EPT) along with municipal property taxes. The EPT funds are remitted using forms and processes shown on the Information for Municipalities Concerning Education Property Tax web page. The Interim and Annual EPT Returns are updated to reflect the 2017 EPT mill rates.

For 2017 returns, the dates that each form must be submitted are listed below:

  • The Monthly Education Property Tax Return (Form H2) must be submitted on or before the 10th day of each month.
  • The Interim Education Property Tax Return (Form H 1) must be submitted by September 15.
  • The Annual Education Property Tax Return (Form H) must be submitted by January 15.

If you have technical, administration and legislation questions about the EPT, please contact the Ministry of Government Relations at 306-787-2653.

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