In 2012, SUMA and the City Mayors' Caucus launched a campaign called Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan. The campaign focused on thanking the provincial government for sharing one point – or 20 per cent – of the PST with local governments.
Early in 2015, with the promise of revenue sharing in potential jeopardy, SUMA and our members began to rally around this message once again. The promise of the revenue sharing agreement was stable, long-term, predictable funding. As Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan, urban governments have supported the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, and done their part. We continue to ask the provincial government to maintain the partnership by honouring the commitment to share one point of the PST with municipalities.
The push began in earnest with a letter to Premier Wall from SUMA. Our members quickly emphasized their support for maintaining the program as it was originally designed: 99 members have sent a letter to the Premier saying so, as of February 10.
This support was solidified at Convention 2015, when members unanimously passed the following resolution:
Whereas the Premier chose PST as the basis for revenue sharing, and made a commitment to honour the revenue sharing agreement as long as his party formed government in Saskatchewan; and
Whereas PST provides a fair and predictable base for revenue sharing, allowing municipalities to develop budgets in a timely fashion; and
Whereas the current revenue sharing arrangement reflects shared interests between municipalities and the Province, including policing, recreation, transit, and the environment; and
Whereas it is essential that the Province consult with SUMA prior to making any changes to the current revenue sharing regime;
Therefore be it resolved that the SUMA membership unanimously express its appreciation for the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to the current revenue sharing agreement, based on one point of the Provincial Sales Tax; and
Be it further resolved that SUMA call upon the Premier and his colleagues to continue their solemn promise to share one point of the Provincial Sales Tax revenues with the municipal sector, whatever the fiscal state we face in this province, for as long as they have the honour to form the government of this province.
The message from SUMA and our members is clear: We are Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan, and partners don't work alone.
SUMA members who have added their voice in support of maintaining the revenue sharing agreement as it was originally designed:
- Earl Grey
- Fox Valley
- Manitou Beach
- Maple Creek
- Meadow Lake
- Moose Jaw
- North Battleford
- Pilot Butte
- Prince Albert
- Regina Beach
- St. Louis
- Star City
- Swift Current
- Zenon Park