03/15/2012 04:30 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan NDP expects cost downloading to municipalities in budget next week

REGINA - The Saskatchewan NDP says it anticipates the provincial budget will download costs to municipalities.

Concern is being raised after Premier Brad Wall suggested Wednesday that funding could be cut to local economic development programs known as enterprise regions.

New Democrat David Forbes says economic development is important to rural Saskatchewan.

But Forbes says regions will be putting everything on hold until they know what the premier means.

Wall has repeatedly said that some tough decisions will be made in the provincial budget next week.

One thing the premier noted is that RCMP policing costs have gone up 50 per cent since 2006, but the share from municipalities hasn't kept pace.