02/06/2013 06:56 EST | Updated 04/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan municipalities bring up concerns about education taxes, bridge

SASKATOON - Education taxes, a bridge and liquor store hours were hot topics at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association's bear-pit session with government ministers.

A few councillors from Prince Albert talked about the need for a second bridge to the city.

But Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Don McMorris said the current bridge is in good shape and will be able to handle traffic for many more years.

As for education taxes, Minister of Government Relations Jim Reiter said there will be a significant increase to assessments, but that won't transfer over to the tax adjustment.

Municipalities who spoke to SUMA about changing liquor store hours will not be getting the power to do so in the immediate future.

Donna Harpauer, who is minister for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, said only Prince Albert and La Ronge have expressed concern of how late residents can buy alcohol and the effect it could have on drunk driving numbers.

Harpauer said she is on the fence about the issue and does not foresee any change until more communities express the same concern.