Revenue sharing formula should include increase of one point of PST: NDP

The NDP is calling for a fairer revenue sharing deal for municipalities after years of enduring the government downloading additional costs onto their taxpayers.

“Municipalities have seen their fair share of program cuts and tax hikes from the Sask. Party, and it’s the people of the province that wind up paying more because of it,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Municipalities will be getting less money than they did in the years between 2013-14 and 2017-18. We believe this deal should have an increased amount going to municipalities to help make up for the cuts, but also to cover for population growth and inflation.”

Some examples of the Sask. Party’s mistreatment of the municipalities include:

“What we learned today is that the Sask. Party is locking the province into the damaging PST hike on construction labour, which will slow the economy and add more costs to municipalities,” said Municipal Relations Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “This isn’t a deal that works for businesses, municipalities or families that are just trying to get by.”