03/14/2012 05:29 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Premier suggests Saskatchewan municipalities could see economic budget cuts

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is hinting that municipalities will have to pick up the tab for economic development.

Wall told the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention that some tough decisions will be made in the provincial budget next week.

He later said local economic development should be locally funded.

That would suggest a funding cut to more than a dozen development programs.

Wall says the best way for the government to support municipalities is to have a competitive tax structure, to deal with infrastructure issues and to promote the province.

Association president Dave Marit says he'll wait to see what kind of change is in the budget before commenting on any impact.