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2019 Budget

To build our budget each year, we must balance the need to provide services, facilities, and infrastructure that meet the needs of our residents and businesses with the desire to keep property tax and utility rate increases at a manageable level.

What makes up the 2019 Budget

Annual operating costs to run the City
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Multi-year capital projects costs
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Annual capital costs
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What we heard is important to you

We consult each year with residents and businesses about what’s important for them. For the 2019 Budget, we heard that the following issues and preferences for City spending were the most important to you.

 We regularly realign existing resources and spending levels in response to changes in demand for valued services and to changes in priorities over time. Where necessary, and where informed by feedback from public consultation, we make new investments in emerging priorities.

Key investments for 2019

The 2019 Budget includes both capital and operating investments, which are needed to make progress on the core issues in our city and to ensure the services most valued by our residents and businesses are improved.

The level of investment reflects the needs of a growing city, including housing supply, affordability, and critical social issues, while maintaining and upgrading key City infrastructure.

Operating investments

Capital investments

Property tax increase

Despite fixed costs rising faster than inflation, we have been able to reduce the impact of the fixed costs increases and support $27.8 million in new investments through:

Reprioritizing existing budgets
 
Cost efficiencies
 
Revenue growth
 
Tax or fee type 2019 increase
Property tax 4.5%
Utility fees (combined) 8.7%

Water

9.7%

Sewer

11% 

Solid waste

3.1%
Median single-family home combined municipal property tax and utility fees 6.1%

Tax increase of 4.5%

The 2019 Budget includes a property tax increase of 4.5% driven primarily by:

  • 1% to fund additional investments in infrastructure renewal approved in the 2019-2022 Capital Plan
  • 1.7% to cover increased costs related to the provincial government’s new Employer Health Tax
  • 1.8% to cover inflationary and wage costs of existing services and new investments to maintain and improve services

Learn more about how where your tax dollars go