The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is relieved to see that today’s provincial budget is maintaining support for Saskatchewan hometowns.
In today’s budget, the provincial government is reinstating the SaskEnergy municipal surcharge to 109 of our municipalities who saw it cut last year. The surcharge will also be extended to all Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages.
“We appreciate the return of SaskEnergy funding to our 109 municipalities that lost out last year,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “This funding helps our municipalities provide instrumental services.”
Revenue sharing related to PST is set to decrease from last year as expected. SUMA welcomes the opportunity for an open discussion with the provincial government on the future of the revenue sharing program.
“We didn’t get all that we hoped for, but we understand that the province is facing tough economic times,” said Barnhart. “We look forward to continuing in an open consultation process.”
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Saskatchewan’s 2017-18 Budget remains on track, confirmed by the province’s mid-year financial report released today. “Saskatchewan’s economy is performing well and is…
The 2017-18 Saskatchewan Budget remains on track at first quarter, with no change in the bottom-line forecast.
“The Saskatchewan economy is performing well so far, and for the first time in two years is projected to post positive growth,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said. “We have more to accomplish, but at first quarter we are meeting our fiscal challenge by controlling spending and shifting away from over-reliance on volatile resource revenue.”
At first quarter, a deficit of $684.7 million is forecast, unchanged from budget. Revenue at first quarter is forecast to increase $42 million (0.3 per cent) from budget, while total expense is forecast to increase by about $82 million (0.6 per cent).
As planned, part of the budget’s $300 million contingency—about $40 million—is being used to offset expense pressures. A further $125 million of the contingency is being used to offset compensation savings that, because of the time required for negotiations to continue, will not be achieved this fiscal year.
“The reason we built a contingency into this year’s budget was to help address in-year pressures,” Doherty said. “We still have work to do to control government’s overall costs, including savings we are working hard to achieve in total compensation expense.”
Most key indicators for Saskatchewan’s economy have been positive so far in 2017, including:
the third-highest growth among Canadian provinces in manufacturing sales;
the third-highest growth in average weekly earnings;
the third-highest growth in population; and
the second-highest growth in new motor-vehicle sales.
“Private sector forecasters have recognized strength in Saskatchewan’s economic performance and have increased real GDP growth forecasts for 2017 from an average of 1.7 per cent at budget to 2.1 per cent,” Doherty said. “At first quarter, our government remains on track with our fiscal plan to return Saskatchewan’s budget to balance in three years, by 2019-20.
“We need to follow and achieve our plan to continue on our path of growth, and to provide the services, programs and infrastructure Saskatchewan people value and need – today and into the future.”