A business lobby group is telling Saskatchewan's cities that after receiving extra money from the province this year, they shouldn't be raising taxes.
In a news release Friday, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said urban, rural and northern municipalities received $167 million in operating grants in this year's provincial budget, a $32 million increase over the previous year. Urban municipalities received the lion's share of the money: $107 million.
With that much extra money, there's no excuse for municipal property tax increases, CFIB's vice-president for Saskatchewan, Marilyn Braun-Pollon said.
In the CFIB's good books are cities like Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina.
On Friday, the City of Regina released a preliminary budget saying that thanks in part to the extra provincial cash, a property tax hike could be avoided.
One city that the CFIB didn't single out for praise was Saskatoon. Earlier this week, that city released a preliminary budget that called for a 3.41 per cent increase on the city portion of property taxes. On a home with an assessed value of $200,000, that would translate into a hike of about $43.
Most cities will be completing their budgets later in the month.