Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Minister Wants Rural Delegates of Pending Funding Cuts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Minister Wants Rural Delegates of Pending Funding Cuts

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Minister warns rural delegates of cuts

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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's minister of government relations says funding cuts for rural municipalities in the province could be a reality in the new year.

Donna Harpauer told delegates at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities mid-term convention Wednesday that recent drops in oil and potash prices are having a negative impact on the provincial treasury and could mean cuts for municipalities.

"In our budget, we implemented a number of restraint measures, but we know that more measures will be needed to be made mid-year," Harpauer said.

She was responding to concerns from SARM president Ray Orb, who said rural areas need more money to address crumbling roads and bridges.

Saskatchewan has more kilometres of roads and highways than any other province, Orb said. Repairing and upgrading the rural road systems is becoming increasingly costly.

"We feed and fuel a significant part of the world, yet we rarely see a proportionate contribution of our transportation infrastructure from upper levels of government," he said. …

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