Yorkton’s mayor is a little aghast after the Saskatchewan budget. Bob Maloney is at a meeting with his SUMA counterparts to see exactly what it means, but says for our city, changes to percentages on SaskPower and SaskEnergy bills will have a huge impact. “The change that’s being made to the government will have a $1.6-million dollar impact on the City of Yorkton’s budget,” Maloney said “which is going to be a serious concern for us.” He says the change in that alone could translate into an 8.2% property tax hike. He says the city was looking at a 5% take hike before the budget, and says residents are not prepared for a 13% or more jump in municipal rates.
Melville’s mayor says tax hikes and service cuts may be needed after the Saskatchewan budget yesterday. Walter Streelasky says his city will be affected in several ways. “The grants in lieu, SaskPower and SaskEnergy; we will be short some $350-thousand dollars in our budget planning,” he said “Revenue sharing will probably cost us in the neighbourhood of $82-thousand dollars. Streelasky says revenue shortfalls in the budget could impact the water treatment upgrade. “The shortfall of funding will certainly cause stress to our community.” Despite this the mayor says they continue to work on the plant, with the pipeline expected to be in place by the end of 2017. He says the city may have to look at tax increases or service cuts when they set the municipal budget.