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Saskatchewan inks gas tax deal with federal government

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Municipalities across Saskatchewan are getting more money from gas taxes to pump into infrastructure projects and they'll be able to use the cash in more ways.

Municipalities across Saskatchewan are getting more money from gas taxes to pump into infrastructure projects and they'll be able to use the cash in more ways.

The province has signed a new gas tax agreement with the federal government that will see communities share $56.3 million for infrastructure this year.

The total amount over five years is nearly $293 million.

The gas tax money used to be only for infrastructure projects such as roads, water or sewage plants.

Now municipalities can also use the money for disaster mitigation, to increase Internet access or for airports.

Weyburn Mayor Deb Button, who is president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, said the list of needs that communities have is endless.

For example, Button said that Weyburn is struggling to come up with enough money for a new water reservoir.

by Journal Of Commerce

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