Gas tax deal means $56M for Saskatchewan communities this year

Saskatchewan politicians are celebrating a new deal to share gas tax money with municipalities.

Saskatchewan politicians are celebrating a new deal to share gas tax money with municipalities.

The renewed federal-provincial Gas Tax Fund Agreement gives a per capita share of fuel tax money to cities and towns across the country.

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association president Debra Button said projects that need money are almost endless, including in Weyburn, where she's the mayor.

"Right now, the city of Weyburn is tasked with a new water reservoir and we're struggling to come up with the money for that," she said. "We need that reservoir to keep our communities growing and we've been told that unless that happens fairly quickly, we won't be able to grow our subdivisions and expand the city."

Overall, Saskatchewan communities will get $56 million for infrastructure projects in 2014-15 fiscal year from the fuel tax.

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