Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister Tells Saskatchewan Rural Municipality Delegates Revenue Sharing May Drop

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister Tells Saskatchewan Rural Municipality Delegates Revenue Sharing May Drop

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Minister warns revenue sharing could drop

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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's minister of government relations is warning revenue sharing could be reduced to rural communities.

Minister Donna Harpauer spoke to delegates at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities's mid-term convention in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

She said that decreased revenues in sales tax are leading to drops in revenue sharing for the next fiscal year.

This year, RMs received more than $77 million in revenue sharing.

Harpauer says RMs have a lot of infrastructure commitments ahead.

She says the province hopes to keep similar funding despite what she calls "extreme" fiscal pressures.

"And when the results of the 2016 census are known, we will be revisiting the distribution of the four revenue sharing pools as per the requirements in the legislation," Harpauer told delegates. …

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