Sask. cities thank provincial government for funding
The Saskatchewan Urban
Municipalities Association (SUMA) launched a campaign thanking the provincial
government for funding under the municipal revenue sharing program, while
reminding citizens what that money has provided them.
In Saskatoon, it includes building new fire halls, upgrading sewer lines and helping projects like River Landing and the Shaw Centre become a reality.
SUMA's four-week advertising campaign highlights the importance of a strong partnership between urban and provincial governments.
"So we want the citizens of our cities to know exactly what the province has been doing for us," said Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison.
The provincial government currently shares 20 per cent of the PST with municipal governments, which will be $237,253,882 for 2012-2013.
Cities receive 46 per cent of the total funding, a number that Atchison along with other urban mayors are trying to get increased.
"We want to make it perfectly clear that everyone that has received funding in the past should still continue to receive funding, but we still need to be able to creep closer to a per capita basis," said Atchison.
Even so, Atchison said SUMA's campaign is about expressing gratitude rather than being critical.
"It's far better, I think, to have a positive message than to say that people aren't doing this for me, or they're not doing that for me."
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