Administration is responsible for  the safekeeping of records, recording council meeting minutes, maintaining municipal bylaws, and keeping accurate accounting records. The Administrator’s key role is to advise council and make recommendations on all facets of municipal operations while Council is responsible for making a final decision of such operations.

Administrator – Shala Kanasevich

Administrative Assistant – Karen Anderson


Assessment & Taxation

The RM of Francis uses the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) to calculate and update all assessments within the municipality. SAMA performs annual maintenance updates to properties showing an increase or decrease in assessment.

The provincial government mandates SAMA to conduct periodic revaluations of all Saskatchewan properties every four years to coincide with the change to a new base date.

More detailed information of property assessments throughout the province can be found at SAMA View.

MySAMA Quickstart Guide

Assessment Notices are mailed in the spring of each year for properties who saw a change in the valuation or for new owners.

Please watch the Quad-Town Forum for notices each spring for when the Assessment Roll is open to inspection; a 30-day appeal period applies for when the Assessment Roll is open (60-days in Revaluation years).

For more information on Assessment Appeals, please visit Assessment Appeals Guide.

SAMA has been mandated the responsibility for determining assessment values for all properties, while the task of setting property taxes belongs to municipal governments.

The relationship between assessment and taxes comes from the fact that municipal governments levy taxes as a “mill rate” that is charged as a proportion of a property’s assessment value.

Assessed Value (SAMA) X Percentage of Value & Exemptions (Province) X Mill Rates Education (Province) and *Municipalities (Local Governments) = Property Taxes (Tax Payer)

SAMA first determines the assessed value for the property. After that, a provincial government tax policy is applied. The policy multiplies a percentage formula against the assessed value, producing what is called the taxable value.

Provincial Property Classes and Percentage of Value:

Property Class Taxable Percentage
(A) Agriculture 55%
(N) Non-arable (Range) 45%
(R) Residential 80%
(C) Commercial 100%
(E) Elevators 100%
(P) Railway 100%

Municipal Property Tax Mill Rates

The municipal mill rates set for this tax year are as follows:

Property Class Mill Rate Mill Rate Factor
(A) Agriculture 4.7 mills 0.7
(R) Residential 4.7 mills 0.65
(C) Commercial/Industrial 4.7 mills 1.75

Mill Rate Factors

The RM of Francis uses mill rate factors to transfer some of the cost of public services from one property classification to another. All property in a municipality is classified as agricultural, residential or commercial / industrial. Mill rate factors essentially adjust the mill rate, with the result that the effective mill rate for a specific property classification may be higher or lower than other property classifications.

Education Property Tax Mill Rates

As of January 1, 2013 municipalities cannot apply discounts or incentives to education property tax.

Mill rates for education taxes are set by the Government of Saskatchewan. More information on the setting of education property tax mill rates can be found at Education Property Tax System.

The mill rates set for this tax year are as follows:

Property Class Mill Rate
(A) Agriculture 1.43 mills
(R) Residential 4.12 mills
(CO) Commercial/Industrial 6.27 mills
(CR) Resource (Oil, Gas, Pipelines, etc.) 9.68 mills

Property Tax Payments & Discounts

The deadline for payment of taxes is December 31st for the year levied.

DISCOUNTS FOR EARLY PAYMENT OF CURRENT YEAR MUNICIPAL TAXES

  • 5% on or before August 31st
  • 5% on or before September 30th
  • 4% on or before October 31st
  • 2% on or before November 30th
  • 0% after November 30th

DISCOUNTS FOR EARLY PAYMENT OF CURRENT YEAR HAIL TAXES

  • 5% if paid before October 1st
  • 4% if paid on or after October 1st but before November 1st
  • 2% if paid on or after November 1st but before December 1st

Late Payment penalties

Late payment penalties are added each month to property taxes that remain unpaid as of December 31st of each year, at the rate of 1.0% per month

Taxation in Rural Municipalities – Assessment Exemptions

If you occupy a dwelling in the RM of Francis, you may qualify for an exemption to reduce all or a portion of the taxable assessment on your principal dwelling, as per section 293 of The Municipalities Act.

The total taxable assessment of any agricultural land you own or lease located within the RM of Francis or in adjoining Saskatchewan rural municipalities will be applied to reduce your residential taxable assessment. An assessment can only be used to reduce residential taxable assessment once. Please complete the Residential Ag Exemption Form and return no later than March 1st of the tax year to receive the exemption.

Methods of Payment
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • E-transfer to [email protected]
  • Online only with Affinity, Conexus, Plainsview and Weyburn Credit Unions

In order to pay taxes online, please look for FRANCIS NO. 127 (RM) – TAXES as a payee and use your customer number located at the top of your tax notice as the account number. If your customer number is shorter than 4 digits, use zeros to prefix your account number—for example, if your account number is 127, you will enter 0127 as your account number.


Goods & Services Available

Notary Public
Notary Services are available at no cost to ratepayers; for non-ratepayers a charge per signature may be required. BRING A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT ISSUED – I.D. 

Tax Certificates
$10 per parcel

RM Maps
No charge to ratepayers
$15.00+GST non-ratepayers

Pest Control Products
Various poisons for the eradication of rats and mice are available at no charge to ratepayers
Not available to be sold to non-ratepayers

“Slow Watch For Children” signs may only be ordered through the RM Office and is at the cost of the ratepayer; consultation with the Division Councillor may be required to determine placement and location with already-present regulatory signage. Please contact the RM Office for the current cost and to discuss.

Culverts
The RM may sell culverts to ratepayers at cost if we have some available for use in our inventory. Please inquire with the RM Office or your Division Councillor.

Tree Planter
The RM has two tree-planters available for use by ratepayers at no-charge but will require a $50 deposit and Development Permit Application Permit to be filled out before usage. Please contact the RM office at (306)245-3336 and leave a message if wishing to book it for a certain time.

Public Well
The RM of Francis operates a public well at SE 32-13-13 W2 with NON-POTABLE water and have recently switched to a fob-system for access. At this time, access to the well is charged at $120.00 for two years. Please visit the RM Office to be issued a fob.

Custom Work
Custom Work which includes grading, mowing or conducting snow removal on private lanes is available to ratepayers only when an agreement form has been completed and submitted prior by the landowner affected, at the rates set by Council each year.

Work will only be conducted when the equipment and operators are in the area.
Any unpaid custom work invoices will be added to the property taxes on December 31st.

Please complete the attached Custom Work Agreement Form and return to the RM Office – no custom work will be conducted until receipt of the signed form.


ELECTIONS INFORMATION

*Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided below is intended for reference purposes only and is not a replacement for the actual legislation, please reference The Local Government Election Act, 2015 and Regulations for official purposes*

Elections for rural municipalities are held every four years. Monday, November 9th, 2020 is the provincially set date to elect Reeves and Councillors in odd-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.

Rural municipalities hold an election for selected divisions every two years (odd-numbered divisions in one election period and then for even-numbered divisions in the following election period). Each council member holds office for a four-year term.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION DAY

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR I.D. Voter Identification Poster

The R.M. of Francis No 127 will be holding a municipal election on November 9, 2020, for the Councillors of

Divisions 1 & 5 at the Francis Community Hall, 201 Main St. Francis, SK 9am-8pm

Advanced Voting will take place at the RM of Francis Office November 2, 2020 at 127 Main Street 9am-4pm


CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Running For Council??? Click here

Elections Running For Municipal Council What You Need To Know (click and print)

In order to be eligible to run for election for Reeve or in any one of the open divisions, a person must meet all of the following conditions:

  • At least 18 years of age on the date of the election
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • Eligible to vote in the municipality (See Voter Eligibility)
  • A resident of Saskatchewan
  • Not disqualified from being nominated by The Local Government Elections Act, 2015 or any other Act

A person cannot be nominated or elected as:

  • A Councillor for more than one division; or
  • A Councillor of a division and the Reeve of the municipality

A member of Council whose term of office expires with the upcoming election is not required to resign from his or her current position to seek election.

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Persons who are not qualified to be nominated or elected as a member of Council include:

  • A judge of a court; and
  • The auditor or solicitor of the municipality

Before seeking nomination to Council, employees of the municipality, employees of any board or commission appointed by R.M. Council, or employees of a board of education must first obtain a leave of absence in accordance with subsection 80(2) of The Labour Standards Act.  If the employee is successful in being elected to Council, the person is deemed to have resigned from his or her employment on the day before he or she was elected.  Unsuccessful employee candidates are entitled to resume their employment when the leave of absence expires.

Persons having an interest in a contract with the municipality are not disqualified from holding office as a member of Council.


POWERS AND DUTIES

Candidates have the right to:

  • Be in the polling place to observe proceedings while voters are voting.
    • In addition, each candidate may have two agents in attendance at each polling station to observe voting procedures;
    • Candidates and agents may enter and leave the polling place at their pleasure during the hours the poll is open.

Candidates and/or Agents may:

  • Object to the entitlement of any voter intending to vote;
  • Examine a voter’s evidence of identity and residence;
  • Request verification of vouching procedure;
  • Be in the polling place when it closes to observe the ballot count;
  • Object to a decision made by the deputy returning officer to count or reject a ballot;
  • obtain a copy of the Deputy Returning Officer’s Statement of Results;
  • affix their own seal to the ballot box after ballots have been counted;
  • request a recount, if statutory conditions exist; and
  • attend a recount.

Candidates or agents do not have any authority to:

  • directly question a voter; or
  • attempt to influence a voter.

Each candidate may appoint one or more agents in writing, using the prescribed from provided by the municipality after the close of nominations.


VOTER ELIGIBILITY

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR I.D. Voter Identification Poster

Please reference section 36 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015 when determining voter eligibility.

An eligible voter is entitled to vote only once for Reeve and only once for Division Councillor in the division he or she is entitled to vote in, notwithstanding they may meet more than one of the qualifications.

A person is qualified to be registered as a voter in a rural municipality if he or she on the day of the election:

  • is 18 years old;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • has not already voted in the election; and
  • immediately preceding the day of the election meets at least one of the following criteria:

Section 36 (1)(e) The Local Government Elections Act, 2015

in the case of a rural municipality:
(i) has resided in the rural municipality, or land now in the rural
municipality, for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding
the day of the election;
(i.1) is the registered owner of property in the rural municipality, or
property now situated in the municipality
(ii) is the assessed person with respect to property in the rural
municipality, or property now situated in the municipality, pursuant to
section 207 of The Municipalities Act;
(iii) is the occupant of a trailer or mobile home in the municipality, or land
now situated in the municipality, that is the object of a permit required
pursuant to section 306 of The Municipalities Act;
(iv) is the spouse of a person mentioned in subclause (ii) or (iii); or
(v) is the chief executive officer of a duly incorporated co-operative,
corporation or religious association that is assessed on the last revised
assessment roll with respect to property in the rural municipality that
is not exempt from taxation


ELECTORAL DIVISIONS

How to determine your electoral division

On the tax notices mailed out in August, it identifies which division a property owner is entitled to vote.

It is important that you reference section 39 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015 for clarification to determine the Division you are eligible to vote as you may have assessed land in more than one Division. If a person is eligible to vote with respect to more than one division, that person is eligible to vote in one division only as set out in section 39.

Division you are Eligible To Vote   (Click and Print)   SECTION 39   of The Local Government Election Act, 2015

The Local Government Election Act, 2015 (click here)

VOTER IDENTIFICATION

Acceptable Voter Identification (Click and Print)

All voters must provide identification to be eligible to vote. The purpose of the voter identification is to provide proof of identity and to establish residency. Government-issued photo identification is your best option but there are other alternatives available to you.

Option I:

One original piece of identification that includes your photo, name and address.
The identification must be issued by a federal, provincial, or municipal government, such as a Saskatchewan Driver’s License.

If your identification does not meet these criteria it will not be recognized as an acceptable form of photo identification.
If you do not have a driver’s license, you may obtain photo identification from Saskatchewan Government Insurance at little or no cost.

Option II:

Two original pieces of information, both of which must contain your name and at least one that contains your address. Examples of acceptable identification options include a utility bill issued to you within the last six months, and a credit card statement.

Option III:

If you do not possess any form of acceptable identification you may have another voter vouch, or provide assurance of your identity and address, for you. In this case, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be accompanied by another voter who has acceptable identification.
  • The voter who is vouching for you must be entitled to vote in the Municipality
  • A form to vouch for another voter must be completed. These forms are available at the polling station.
  • No voter shall vouch for more than one person in an election unless the persons to be vouched for are living at the same address as the voucher and are related to the voucher in one of the ways set out in the list of an acceptable voucher.
  • The person who has been vouched for at an election shall not vouch for another person at that election.
  • No election official shall vouch for the identity of any person.
  • No candidate or candidate’s agent shall vouch for the identity of any person.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION DAY

The R.M. of Francis No 127 will be holding a municipal election on November 9, 2020, for the Councillors of

Divisions 1 & 5 at the Francis Community Hall, 201 Main St. Francis, SK 9am-8pm

Advanced Voting will take place at the RM of Francis Office November 2, 2020 at 127 Main Street 9am-4pm

 

INFORMATION AND LEGISLATION AVAILABLE

The Local Government Election Act, 2015
http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=73891The Local Government Election Regulations, 2015
http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=77907Municipal Election Information for Saskatchewan Municipalities
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/elections

 

Voter Identification Poster

INQUIRIES

For any questions, please contact the R.M. office for more information.

Phone 306-245-3256 or email to [email protected]