The District of Sechelt has begun the 2019 Budget process. The Community Charter requires that local governments approve a Five Year Financial Plan bylaw each year prior to the adoption of the annual property tax bylaw. The Financial Plan is also commonly referred to as “The Budget”. This is a draft because nothing has been decided yet. We are waiting for input from YOU.
Put simply, the District has 3 budgets:
- Operating: this is the budget for day to day activities of the District including wages, utilities, insurance and the cost of running our programs. Funding for this comes mainly from property taxes. The changes to the budget for 2019 occur mainly in this budget.
- Sewer: this is the budget for our sewer system. Funding for this comes primarily from users and future users.
- Capital: this is the budget for things you can touch like roads, buildings and sewer lines. Even though the cost for this is mainly from user fees as stated above, expansion of the service is also part of this budget. Most of the funds for this budget come from grants, loans and developement cost charges (DCCs). DCCs are a fee developers/builders pay on new projects. For example a subdivision or complex that can house 30 families has a cost to the District. These new residents will use our roads, parks and sewer system among other things. Staff time will be used to maintain the additional roads and the new park that was created in that development but also on dog licences, tax notices, wear and tear on other parks and roads and other such things. The DCCs help the municipality manage the increased growth without too much burden on the existing tax payer.
WATCH: e-Town Hall video from the January 17th community meeting.
SUBMIT: Did you make some notes on the District Programs - Activities and Expenses document? Feel free to drop it off in our mailbox outside the main doors or drop it at our reception desk.
SOCIAL: Tweet us at #secheltbudget or comment on our Facebook page.
To help understand the big picture we made you some pie.
The bottom line
A possible tax increase of $171 per year for the average residential property. Plus $20 per year increase in the sewer user fee.
This list is what is different in 2019 compared to 2018. Some of these things we can't control like utility rates but some we can, like additional staff. This is a proposed list.