Under the provincial legislation, Saskatchewan municipalities can adopt a base tax as one of their tax policies.
In a base tax system, a dollar amount per living unit would be added to the municipal portion of each tax bill, regardless of a property's assessment. A base tax can only be applied to municipal taxes; it does not change the calculation for the school and library portion of the tax bill.
Under a base tax option, the municipal tax calculation would be:
Implementing a base tax increases the property tax paid on lower-assessed properties and decreases the property tax paid on higher-assessed properties. A base tax does not increase or decrease the total taxes collected by the City.