The mayor of the town of Battleford is enjoying his time at the 2016 Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Assocation (SUMA) convention.
Mayor Derek Mahon is in Regina from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. During the convention, Premier Brad Wall announcenced his government will run a deficit due to the province's revenue shortfalls. Mahon said this is the right thing to do, given the circumstances..
"I think it's probably a good way to do it. There were a number of options that were in front of them and they chose to run the deficit. He did mention that they would address the deficit within, I believe it was, one or two fiscal years."
Despite the deficit, an increase in municipal revenue sharing was also announced. He says the increase is a result of fiscal dollars from past years.
"It is related to the one point of the sales tax. So it's a number that we're reaping the benefits, so to speak, of the previous years' fiscal dollars that are available," Mahon said.
After speaking with other SUMA members over the course of the convention, Mahon said the the future looks good for Battleford.
"I think that the town will continue to move forward and look at growth as it comes. (We had) A lot of talk with different municipalities across the province, noting in general that it has slowed to a certain extent but everybody's still optimistic as we move forward," he said.
Mahon adds town councillor Gordon Yarde along with retired members of the town management team Randy Redding and Kevin Chaykowski are being honoured for their town service at the convention.
North Stars crush Terriers 8-2
The Battlefords North Stars had little trouble with the Yorkton Terriers on Friday night according...
READ MORE +
Candidate Cheveldayoff takes campaign door-to-door in Battlefords
Saskatchewan Party leadership race hopeful Ken Cheveldayoff took his campaign to the Battlefords...
READ MORE +
Falk sworn in as MP for riding
For over three months, Rosemarie Falk has been waiting for this day. After winning the Conservative...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.