2021 Budget Consultation

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 Budget Consultation. Your input will be provided to City Council for their consideration.

The budget process is about balancing the delivery of services and programs (spending) with property taxes, fees and charges, and funds from other sources (revenues) to meet the needs of the community. Your input helps Council and the City find that balance and provide the best value for your tax dollars.

Find out more:

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 Budget Consultation. Your input will be provided to City Council for their consideration.

The budget process is about balancing the delivery of services and programs (spending) with property taxes, fees and charges, and funds from other sources (revenues) to meet the needs of the community. Your input helps Council and the City find that balance and provide the best value for your tax dollars.

Find out more:

CLOSED: Thank you for your questions. This discussion has now concluded.
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    The list of capital projects only provides a description. Is it possible to add price tags to that list? Or could the top ten most expensive capital projects be identified with the budgeted capital cost?

    P.M. asked about 2 months ago

    All capital projects are listed in the 2021-2025 Draft Financial Plan (starting at page 301).  You can view all capital projects across the five years by Division, including the total budget for each project.  Additionally you review the reserves which fund the capital projects (starting at page 351).

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    Why are you utilitie taxes the same for a single person living in a 900 ft² condo as they are for let's say 6 people living in a over 3000 ft² detached home

    Michelle513 asked 2 months ago

    Regionally, utility charges are based on a user-pay system, where the City is billed from Metro Vancouver for water consumed/used. 

    In order to truly apply those costs equitably, all water consumption would have to be metered. However, the costs of retrofitting and installing meters in all properties throughout the City would be extremely expensive, and would create a tax burden that is disproportionate to the benefits received. 

    Theoretically, if all houses accommodated a family, and all condos accommodated a single person, the charges could be equitably distributed according to this model. However, there are many situations where there is a single person in a large home, or a family of 4 in a condo. With this in mind, the City has historically applied costs equally among all residential dwelling units.

    In 2017 the City undertook a study exploring this issue, however no changes were made to the billing structure. Staff are looking at this again in 2021 and will present recommendations/options to Council in time for 2022 Utilities.