Speeches from provincial politicians at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention on Monday were a highlight for Mayor Deb Higgins.
“That’s always important to kind of see the areas that government and ministers feel are important,” said Higgins. “I think we’re pretty in line with areas that they feel are a concern.”
The 108th SUMA convention began in Saskatoon on Sunday and runs until Wednesday. Higgins said attendees heard speeches from Premier Brad Wall and Jim Reiter, SUMA’s provincial minister.
She said Wall touched on the new Saskatchewan and the province’s growth and related challenges to that growth. She added Reiter noted four important issues for the government this year — inter-municipal co-operation, the 2013 re-assessment year, infrastructure and the municipal operating grant (MOG) or revenue-sharing from the provincial government.
“The issue with infrastructure ongoing (is) always going to be a priority and the government clearly signalled that that’s an issue for them also,” said Higgins. “So we’ll just have to see once budget rolls around if we’re just kind of in line with each other or totally on the same page and that’s always the question that remains.”
For more information, see Tuesday's edition of the Times-Herald.