Budget Consultation 2019


The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2019 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2019 to 2023. This represents the early phase of the 2019 budget consultation life cycle (see the full life cycle on this page).

There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, and City staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects.

City directors and managers are always looking for efficiencies that can result in cost savings; however, some things, such as hospital and school tax rates


The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2019 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2019 to 2023. This represents the early phase of the 2019 budget consultation life cycle (see the full life cycle on this page).

There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, and City staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects.

City directors and managers are always looking for efficiencies that can result in cost savings; however, some things, such as hospital and school tax rates or ICBC rates, remain out of the City's control.

On this page, you can learn more about key budget timelines and processes, view documents, and ask questions of the City's finance managers.

For historical documents, including the City's financial statements, visit the City's budget website.

  • 2019 Provisional Budget and Utility Funds Bylaws Adopted

    3 days ago

    At the Regular Council Meeting on December 11, Council adopted two bylaws related to the provisional budget: 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-318 and the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-77.

    The DRAFT Five-year Financial Plan can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    The water and solid waste utilities have no additional tax requirements for 2019. Budget discussions will continue in the new year, as Council reviews the supplemental items and cost estimates in the provisional budget.


    Council heard detailed information and had lengthy discussion about the provisional budget in two Council Budget Meetings...

    At the Regular Council Meeting on December 11, Council adopted two bylaws related to the provisional budget: 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-318 and the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-77.

    The DRAFT Five-year Financial Plan can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    The water and solid waste utilities have no additional tax requirements for 2019. Budget discussions will continue in the new year, as Council reviews the supplemental items and cost estimates in the provisional budget.


    Council heard detailed information and had lengthy discussion about the provisional budget in two Council Budget Meetings on November 20 and November 27, and the bylaws were read a first, second and third time at the December 4 Regular Council Meeting.

    The adoption will allow the City to smoothly continue operations and utility billing as we transition into 2019.

  • Public Budget Meeting November 28

    17 days ago

    A record number of residents came out to the public budget meeting held at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 28. The public had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2019 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase. There are some key financial cost drivers behind the increase, including increases in provincially driven programs, additional RCMP members, increased service levels, and inflation and wages, as detailed below:

    • 1.1% increase due to new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax)
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    A record number of residents came out to the public budget meeting held at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 28. The public had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2019 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase. There are some key financial cost drivers behind the increase, including increases in provincially driven programs, additional RCMP members, increased service levels, and inflation and wages, as detailed below:

    • 1.1% increase due to new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax)
    • 1.28% increase due to three Council-approved additional RCMP officers, increased services including additional transit hours, and snow clearing and street maintenance.
    • 1% increase due to inflation and wages. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


    You can view the recorded video of the public budget meeting here.

    You can view the Powerpoint presentation from the public budget meeting here. There are also some other documents available for download in the 'Document Library' in the right-hand section of this web page.


  • Video of Council Budget Presentations

    24 days ago

    November 20, 2018 - Council Budget Meeting

    Council met for a Budget Meeting in the morning prior to the Regular Council Meeting in the afternoon. Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a detailed presentation on the overall 2019 provisional budget, and managers in the Civic Operations and Development, Engineering, and Sustainability Departments presented their budgets and highlighted efficiencies and opportunities in their areas. View the video of these presentations.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:

    ·1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    ·...

    November 20, 2018 - Council Budget Meeting

    Council met for a Budget Meeting in the morning prior to the Regular Council Meeting in the afternoon. Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a detailed presentation on the overall 2019 provisional budget, and managers in the Civic Operations and Development, Engineering, and Sustainability Departments presented their budgets and highlighted efficiencies and opportunities in their areas. View the video of these presentations.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:

    ·1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    ·0.6% increase from three Council approved additional RCMP officers.

    ·1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.

    The Council Budget Meeting will continue on Tuesday, November 27, at 9:00 am, with presentations from managers in the Corporate Services and Community and Protective Services Departments. Meanwhile, a Public Budget Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 pm, at the Sports Centre Lounge at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. The presentation at this public meeting will be shared via a Facebook Live video on the City’s Facebook page for those who are unable to attend or wish to view the presentation at a later date.


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  • City's Provisional Budget Includes a 1.7% Increase from Inflation and Increased Municipal Services

    24 days ago

    November 20, 2018 - City's Provisional Budget

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:
    • 1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    • 0.6% increase from three Council-approved additional RCMP officers.

    • 1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


    November 20, 2018 - City's Provisional Budget

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:
    • 1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    • 0.6% increase from three Council-approved additional RCMP officers.

    • 1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


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