Council would like to hear from you and consider your views as they continue the 2014 budget and 2014-2018 Financial Plan deliberations.
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Budget input accepted until January 6, 2014.
2014 – 2018 Financial Plan
We are pleased to present the draft 2014-2018 Financial Plan for public consultation and input. This is the plan currently being considered by Mayor and Council for the years 2014-2018. It includes budgeted operating revenue and expenses and capital projects, source and application of funds, for both USER PAY UTILITIES and UNIVERSAL SERVICES
To provide some context for the 2014-2018 Financial Planning process the following charts provide a snapshot of Township demography and highlights of actual growth since 1961 and projected growth to 2041.
Click here to view the first Budget presentation on Financial Plan Direction delivered September 9, 2013 at the Council Priorities Committee meeting. The slides above are excerpts from that presentation.
Click here to view the full draft 2014 Capital Budget presentation delivered September 30, 2013 at the Council Priorities Committee meeting.
Click here to view all of the
projects submitted. This presentation includes projects included in the funding envelope as well as those projects outside the funding envelope.
A summary, by division, of the capital budget is shown below:
USER PAY UTILITIES:
User pay utilities are funded by the users (or subscribers) of the service. The Township operates three user pay utilities:
- Solid Waste (Garbage)
During the annual budget process, the amount of revenue necessary to provide these utility services is determined and shared across users of the services through a utility user rate.
For example, for residential users the proposed rate is $458 per unit.
UNIVERSAL PAY UTILITIES:
For metered customers, the proposed rate is $0.662 per cubic meter.
Universal pay utilities benefit everyone and are collectively paid for by taxpayers. Property owners cannot opt out or unsubscribe from a universal pay utility. Universal pay utilities include:
- General purposes (fire, police, recreation and
culture, and general government)
Each universal pay utility is funded independently. For example, revenue collected for the storm water utility cannot be used to fund parks or transportation. The amount of revenue needed to provide these utility services is determined during the annual budget process, and the tax rate is set accordingly.
As adopted by Council, the current 2013-2017 Financial Plan Bylaw reflects the following property tax and user pay utility rate increases as compared to the proposed property tax rate increases for the 2014-2018 Financial Plan.
The 2014 Budget includes a “core property tax increase” of 1.95% plus 0.42% or $400 thousand for Capital Infrastructure Renewal Reserve contribution and an additional 0.42% or $400 thousand increase to the pavement asset maintenance program.
Core user pay utility rate increases” are 2.79% for each utility with an additional 2.93% in water to reflect the added cost of the East Langley Water Supply coming on stream partway through 2014.
Core property tax and user pay utility rate increases are required to cover projected salary and wage increases arising from collective bargaining, regional
district costs (water purchases, sewer, tipping fees), major contractual cost increases (RCMP, Fraser Valley Regional Library) other contractual cost increases
such as service and maintenance contracts, utilities (gas, diesel, electricity, etc.) and revenue adjustments.
The following table depicts the impact of the proposed increases on a single family dwelling valued at $498,000 by BC Assessment. General municipal property taxes funding parks, transportation, storm water, fire, police recreation and culture and other general government expenses would increase by $43 or $3.58 per month. Water, sewer and solid waste expenses would increase by an additional $43 or $3.58 per month for a total of $86 or $7.17 per month.
Derived from statistics compiled by the Province, the chart below shows how the Township of Langley ranked in 2013 among lower mainland communities when it came to municipal property taxes on a representative house.
After surveying proposed property tax increases put forward by other lower mainland municipalities for 2013, the chart below shows where Langley Township placed.
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 2014-2018 Operating Budget presentation delivered October 28, 2013 at the Council Priorities
Click here to view the revised November 18, 2013 Council Priorities Committee meeting where Councils’ questions from the above two meetings were addressed.
Click here to view Questionnaire.
Click here to view Supplement Questionnaire.
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