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Key investments

2017 Budget
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2017 Budget highlights
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To help inform our investment priorities, we gathered feedback from more than 5,200 people through:

  • An online questionnaire
  • An Insights West survey
  • An in-person budget roadshow at community sites
  • Random 3-1-1 telephone survey
Your input helped us prioritize our strategic investments to meet your needs.

The 2017 Operating Budget includes $22.3 million in new investments – funded either from incremental revenue, such as property tax, utility rates, external funding, and reserves, or from reprioritization across the organization. New investments include:

  • $3.8 million to support improved public realm cleanliness, including funding for increased street cleaning and abandoned waste pickup
  • $3.1 million to fund operating impacts of new fire trucks
  • $2.5 million investment in interim housing
  • $2.1 million for implementing the empty homes tax 

Key capital investments for 2017

Affordable housing: $80.1 million

Utilities and transportation: $233.9 million 

Parks, open spaces, and recreation: $47.1 million

Civic and community facilities: $61.3 million

Equipment and technology: $41.9 million

Childcare: $14.6 million