Council would like to hear from you and consider your views as they continue the 2015 budget and 2015-2019 Financial Plan deliberations.
This year you can provide feedback in one of two ways: Coming Soon
1. To try our online budget simulator and complete the questions online click here.
2. Click here for a questionnaire you can print, complete and drop off at our recreation centers or civic facility.
Budget input accepted until March 22, 2015.
2015 – 2019 Financial Plan
We are pleased to present the draft 2015-2019 Financial Plan for public consultation and input. This is the plan currently being considered by Mayor and Council for the years 2015-2019. It includes budgeted operating revenue and expenses and capital projects, source and application of funds, for both UNIVERSAL SERVICES and USER PAY UTILITIES.
To provide some context for the 2015-2019 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 Capital Budget presentation February 23, 2015.
A summary, by division, of the capital budget is shown below:
Click here to view the Operating Budget presentation February 23, 2015.
Click here to view Questions & Answers presentation from February 23 Capital and Operating budget sessions.
Click here to view Questions & Answer backup.
UNIVERSAL PAY UTILITIES:
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.
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 water rate is $482 per unit, for sewer $390 and for Solid Waste $307 for 2015.
As adopted by Council, the current 2014-2018 Financial Plan Bylaw reflects the following Universal Services property tax increases for the years 2015-2018 as compared to the same increases included in those years in the 2015-2019 Financial Plan.
The 2015 Budget includes a “base property tax increase” of 1.59%. The base includes an increase in the contribution to capital for Transportation 0.2% and Facilities 0.5% as well as 0.2% for proposed Aldergrove Community Centre operating costs.
Consideration is requested for an additional 1.0% or $1 million as an Infrastructure Levy consisting of 0.5% Transfer to Capital Infrastructure Renewal and Replacement Reserve and 0.5% increase in the annual Paving program. An additional 1.1% is being requested as a Protective Services Levy consisting of 0.6% for eight firefighters and 0.5% for three RCMP members.
“Core property tax increases” are required to cover projected salary and wage increases arising from collective bargaining, 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.
As adopted by Council, the current 2014-2018 Financial Plan Bylaw reflects the following Utility User Pay rate increases for the years 2015-2018 as compared to the same increases included in those years in the 2015-2019 Financial Plan.
The following table depicts the impact of the proposed increases on a single family dwelling valued at $514,000 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 $25 or $2.08 per month. Water, sewer and solid waste user fees would increase by an additional $52 or $4.33 per month for a total of $77 or $6.42 per month.
Derived from statistics compiled by the Province, the chart below shows how the Township of Langley ranked in 2014 among lower mainland communities when it came to municipal property taxes on a representative house.
After surveying proposed property tax percentage increases put forward by other lower mainland municipalities for 2014, 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.
Personal information collected on these forms will be managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Direct enquiries, questions, or concerns regarding the collection, use, disclosure, or safeguarding of personal information associated with the forms to: Supervisor, Information, Privacy, and Records Management, Township of Langley, 20338 – 65 Avenue, Langley, BC V2Y 3J1 firstname.lastname@example.org 604.533.6101