An expansion of the Suncoaster Trail, with a section from Roberts
Creek to the Airport, is planned for 2019, with Sechelt planning to invest
$250,000 in this project.
There will also be expansions of the bike lane/multi-user
trail on Trail Avenue in conjunction with road improvements in 2019. Cycling lanes are also being planned for in
conjunction with road projects on Derby (2019) and Tyler Roads (2021).
Increases in property assessments do not mean the District
will collect more property tax revenue.
The total market increase in assessed property values from 2016 to 2017
is 24.76%. To accommodate this increase
in assessed values, the District will reduce the tax rate by 24.76%. If the assessed value of a property increased
by the average the tax bill for 2017 will be the same in 2017 as is was in
2016. If the property went up by more
than the average, the tax bill will be higher. Conversely, if the increase was
less than the average the tax bill will be lower.
Property Tax deferral is a low interest loan program offered
by the Provincial Government. The
Province pays the municipal portion of the taxes for approved property owners
until they sell or transfer the property to another owner, at which time the
loan and accrued interest is collected.
The Province does not include Property Fees in this program.
The new equipment will be used by the Engineering and other departments and is able to gather millimetre accurate measurements in all three directions. The purpose of the purchase was to allow us to bring all manhole and pipe information to the
UTM10 datum, allowing better record keeping and sanitary/storm sewer modeling
of these networks. It will also increase the District's capability
to complete in house designs for medium sized capital works, by no longer
relying on hiring surveying companies for each project.
The laser level purchased within the last two years is stored at the Publics Works yard and is used as required. This
is only used to gain a low level elevation transfer, for work such as
ground preparation or level transfer for culvert installation.
Staff conducted a more detailed calculation taking into
consideration the different proportion of wages and benefits, supplies and
contractors and financing costs between the funds and allocating specific costs
based on these differing proportions. We found that the amount to be allocated
was very similar to the amount calculated simply by allocating all
administrative costs based on the respective operating expenses of the
funds. Consequently, as there is no significant difference between the
results from performing the complex calculation and the simple calculation we
have chosen to continue using the simple calculation.