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Media releases from SUMA.

Strong government to government relationship remains a top priority for the SUMA Board

November 25, 2009

A strong government to government relationship will remain priority number one for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association&rsquo;s (SUMA) board of directors. The strength and potential of the municipal-provincial relationship was a recurring theme throughout SUMA&rsquo;s regular fall board meeting, held September 26 and 27, in Regina.<br />

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SUMA applauds recent Federal announcements

November 25, 2009

SUMA&rsquo;s Board of Directors applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper&rsquo;s government for his announcement last week regarding Regina&rsquo;s Ipsco Place expansion and Saskatoon&rsquo;s newest bridge. The Board was in the middle of a regular scheduled meeting (June 20-21 in Regina)<br /> when the good news became official.<br />

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SUMA Regional meetings start today; SUMAssure unveiled

November 25, 2009

Regional meetings are an annual rite of spring for members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities. New programs, policies and issues are hotly debated and the organization&rsquo;s direction is set for the summer months.<br />

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More money is needed for municipalities

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is extremely pleased with the Provincial<br /> Government&rsquo;s decision to revisit their commitment to Revenue Sharing with municipalities.<br /> Increasing the Revenue Sharing pool by 15 per cent instead of the 7 per cent announced in the<br /> Budget last month will certainly help to keep municipal property taxes at a reasonable level.<br />

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Signing the BCF framework is just the first step

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association applauds Premier Brad Wall&rsquo;s government and the Federal Government for taking a first step towards solving the province&rsquo;s municipal infrastructure deficit. By signing the Building Canada framework agreement, the Province&rsquo;s municipalities can move forward with their key infrastructure projects.<br />

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Cash for waste management a good interim step

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is applauding the Environment Ministry for its announcement of $835,000 directed towards regional waste recycling as a good interim step but also forewarning that the only true solution is a province-wide multi-material recycling strategy. SUMA welcomes the further commitment of $50,000 for the Saskatchewan Association of Northern Communities (New North) to study the feasibility of regional waste management in the northern part of the province, including<br />

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Putting revenue sharing to work for property taxpayers

November 25, 2009

&ldquo;It may be time to start to turn up the heat on the provincial government,&rdquo; was the sentiment expressed by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association at their last Board of Director&rsquo;s meeting held in Regina, March 27-29. Representatives from all parts of the province met to discuss what can be done to encourage the Province&rsquo;s Government to pick up the pace on own source revenue sharing with cities, towns and villages. The Board met with Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Hutchinson and his senior<br />

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Budget won’t keep property taxes down in cities, towns and villages this year

November 25, 2009

The first Budget of the new Provincial Government delivers on campaign promises, but will not deliver enough help to limit property taxes this year.<br />

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Infrastructure shaky, despite Provincial Budget

November 25, 2009

Many Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages could miss out on another construction season because of continuing uncertainty about Federal funding for municipal infrastructure, said members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association executive. &quot;The Building Canada Fund was announced 13 months ago in last year's Federal<br />

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The Federal Government does not get it

November 25, 2009

The Federal Budget was the hot topic of the morning as SUMA&rsquo;s Executive met today for their regular scheduled meeting. They came to one conclusion: Despite a national dialogue about the dire need for municipal infrastructure funding, Canada&rsquo;s government has made it apparent through yesterday&rsquo;s Federal Budget that they just don&rsquo;t get it. Nothing in yesterday&rsquo;s document relieves any of the pressure on local property tax payers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a mountain of evidence suggesting that Canada&rsquo;s infrastructure<br />

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