2013 – 2017 Universal Services Budget
We are pleased to present the draft 2013-2017 Universal Services Operating Financial Plan for public consultation and input. This is the financial plan currently being considered by Mayor and Council for the years 2013-2017.
UNIVERSAL SERVICES - FIVE YEAR OPERATING PLAN:
Universal services reflect those municipal services that are shared and paid for by all residents within the Township of Langley. Taxes to cover these services are raised based on the general property assessment base.
Universal services include:
- Protective Services (Fire and RCMP) and
- Recreation and Culture
- General Government:
- Mayor & Council
- Corporate Administration
- Community Development
- Human Resources
As adopted by Council, the current 2012-2016 Financial Plan Bylaw reflects the following property tax rate increases as compared to the proposed property tax rate increases for the 2013-2017 Financial Plan.
As published by Statistics Canada, Vancouver (BC) CPI is currently running at 1.3% for 2012. While the CPI is a good indication of inflationary increase for household expenses, it does not reflect the inflationary increase for municipal services expenditures. The major expenditures for a municipality are salary/wages and contracts which increase at a much greater rate than the CPI index.
2013 Budget Highlights include the following: $1.28 million increase in policing contract; $500 thousand for Capital Infrastructure Renewal Reserve contribution; $500 thousand increase to the pavement asset maintenance program; $140 thousand secondary suite business license revenues (for half a year).
The “core property tax rate” reflects cost increases to cover projected salary and wage increases arising from collective bargaining, contractual cost increases, such as service and maintenance contract, including the RCMP Contract, utilities (gas, diesel, electricity, etc.) and revenue adjustments.
The following table reflects the proposed property tax rate increases for 2013-2017.
The following table depicts the impact of the proposed property tax increase on a single family dwelling valued at $485,500 by BC Assessment. General municipal property taxes funding parks, transportation, stormwater, fire, police recreation and culture and other general government expenses would increase by $41 or $3.42 per month.
Derived from statistics compiled by the Province, the chart below shows how the Township of Langley ranks among communities with populations greater than 50,000 when it comes to municipal property taxes on a representative house valued at $506,454.
After surveying proposed property tax increases put forward by other lower mainland municipalities, the chart below shows where Langley Township places.
The relationship of Light Industry/Commercial Tax Ratios to residential is of interest to organizations considering locating their industry or business in the Township. Langley is positioned favourably when compared with other municipalities in the region with populations greater than 50,000 which may be our competition.
Click here to view the full draft 2013 – 2017 Universal Services Operating Budget presentation delivered February 4, 2013 at the Council Priorities Committee meeting.
To view draft 2013 Capital Budgets for the following divisions, click on the link below:
Click here to view Financial Planning Principles that guide budget development.
Click here to view 2013 Budget Reduction Guidelines that guided budget development.
Click here for slides on Universal Services Proposed Percentage Property Tax Increases.
Click here to view a list of the Major Cost/Revenue Drivers that impacted the budget.
Click here to view, by division, changes in Major Cost/Revenue Drivers impacting the budget.
Council would like to hear from you and consider your views as they continue the 2013 budget and 2013-2017 Financial Plan deliberations.
Plan to attend our open house at the Township of Langley Facility - 4th Floor Foyer:
- UNIVERSAL SERVICES: Monday, February 25 from 1-8pm
Please complete the public input response form available at the open house and look for the form to be posted below during the week immediately preceding the Open House.
Click here to view the 2013 Public Input Response form.