NDP accuses province of balancing its own books at the expense of municipalities and municipal ratepayers

The Saskatchewan NDP raises the alarm today over the growing amount owed in municipal property tax arrears as a result of the province offloading expenses onto municipalities and driving up costs by expanding PST to construction labour. Over the past four years, the amount owed to Saskatchewan municipalities in unpaid property taxes climbed 12 per cent in Prince Albert, 85 per cent in Saskatoon, 112 per cent in Moose Jaw, and 145 per cent in Regina.

“People across the province are unable to balance their budgets and are falling behind on their property taxes because of all the expenses this government has offloaded onto municipalities,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Now people are supposed to cheer because they achieved ‘balance’ at the expense of people and municipalities? That’s bad policy, and it hurts people.”

“If this government were serious about the fiscal health, the first thing they would do would be to reverse the PST expansion to construction labour, restaurant meals, insurance, and children’s clothes,” said Critic for Finance and Municipal Relations Trent Wotherspoon. “That single decision has been so destructive for Saskatchewan people, businesses, and municipalities, and we will continue to call on them to reverse it.”



2013 Arrears

2017 Arrears


% Difference




 $         1,580,279

 $        2,919,214

 $      1,338,935




 $         4,740,000

 $  11,594,000

 $      6,854,000



Prince Albert

 $         2,539,693

 $    2,848,906

 $          309,213



Moose Jaw

 $            278,614

 $        591,111

 $          312,497



2018 arrears are known, even higher at $934,059


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