Business leaders accuse province of unfair taxation
School officials in Saskatoon are congratulating themselves for holding this year's tax increase to less than three per cent.
But members of the business community aren't cheering because they say the increase will hurt the economy.
They want the provincial government to pay a greater share of education costs. They also want to change the way the government calculates the amount of money given to each school division.
Shirley Ryan is with the North Saskatoon Business Association. She says the current formula is unfair to richer communities because they end up paying a higher proportion for schooling.
"The province of Saskatchewan must stop downloading on local property taxpayers," says Ryan. "Punishing success in Saskatoon is grossly unfair."
A coalition of local business groups says it will launch an information campaign aimed at changing the education tax system. The coalition plans to send its members a series of "tax facts".