Budget and Financial Plan

2017 Capital and Operating Budgets DRAFT 2017-2021 Financial Plan

We are pleased to present the draft 2017 Capital and Operating Budgets for public consultation and input. This is the budget currently being considered by Mayor and Council. It includes capital projects, source and application of funds and budgeted operating revenue and expenses for both UNIVERSAL SERVICES and USER PAY UTILITIES.

To provide some context for the budget process the following charts provide a snapshot of Township demography and highlights of actual growth since 1961 and projected growth to 2041.

Capital

A summary, by division, of the 2017 capital budget is shown below:

View the Capital Budget presentation. 

View the Capital Budget backup  including individual project sheets and a summary indicating projects within available funding sources and projects outside available funding sources.

Division (in millions) CFWD Within Funding Envelope Placeholder Budget TOTAL
Transportation 38.7 22.6 1.2 62.5
Facilities 19.9 22.6 - 42.5
Water 18.5 8.9 1.0 28.4
Parks 4.1 20.7 21.0 45.8
Sanitary Sewer 6.6 8.8 1.0 16.4
Stormwater 8.4 5.5 1.0 14.9
Airport 0.5 5.9 - 6.4
Information Technology and Fiscal Other 1.6 2.2 1.0 4.8
Fire Services 0.3 2.6 - 2.9
Fleet Services 0.9 1.4 - 2.3
Parks and Recreation 0.7 1.2 - 1.9
Police Services 0.1 0.1 - 0.2
Solid Waste 0.2 - - 0.2
Community Development   0.2 35.0 35.2
Township Overall     10.0 10.0
CURRENT YEAR 100.5 102.7 71.2 274.4
PREVIOUS YEAR 69.6 69.6 71.0 210.5

Operating

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:

  • Parks Utility Fund
  • Transportation Utility Fund
  • Stormwater Utility Fund
  • General Utility Fund, includes:
    • Protective Services (Fire and Police)
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Facilities
    • Information Technology
    • Legislative Services
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Community Development, Property Services and Admin

The amount of revenue needed to provide these 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:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • 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 $501 per unit, for sewer $423 and for Solid Waste $290 for 2017.

View the Operating Budget presentation.  to view the Operating Budget presentation.

View the Operating Budget backup by division  including all adjustments to the 2017 base budget.

The 2017 Budget includes a “base property tax increase” of 1.95%. The base includes an increase of 0.22% for Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre operating costs leaving a core property tax increase of 1.73%.

As indicated in Section A below, there are seven public service and five internal functions supported by your Township property tax dollar.

Services Supported by Property Taxes

“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.

Consideration is requested for the following items:

Budget item Tax increase (%) Tax increase ($) Annual total ($)
Base Property Tax Increase + 1.95% $36 $1,901
1. Facility Infrastructure Capital - Increase + 0.34% $6 -
2. Transportation Infrastructure Capital - Increase + 0.26% $5 -
3. Roads Paving Program increase + 0.22% $4 -
4. Balancing Growth/Community Needs - Add (Social Planner, Development Engineer, Support) + 0.23% $4 -
5. Fire Fighters for Rescue Truck - Add + 0.14% $3 -
6. Parks Infrastructure Capital Increase + 0.09% $2 -
7. Information Technology Capital - Increase + 0.09% $2 -
8. Safety Coordinator - Add + 0.11% $2 -
9. Fitness Equipment Replacement Reserve - Establish + 0.04% $1 -
10. Bylaw Officer - Add + 0.04% $1 -

There are also three functions supported by user fees from households subscribing to water, sewer, and solid waste services as indicated in Section B below.

B - Services Supported by User Pay Fees

  Fee change (%) Fee change ($) Annual total ($)
Water Services 1.55% $7.65 $500.97
Sewer Services 5.93% $23.68 $423.02
Solid Waste Services 0.00% $0.00 $290.00

As adopted by Council, the current 2016-2020 Financial Plan Bylaw reflects the following Utility User Pay rate increases for the years 2017-2020 as compared to the same increases included in those years in the DRAFT 2017-2021 Financial Plan.

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
UNIVERSAL SERVICES            
  2016-2020 3.93% 1.95% 1.95% 1.95% 1.95%  
  2017-2021   3.99% 2.07% 1.95% 1.95% 1.95%
WATER User Pay            
  2016-2020 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40%  
  2017-2021   1.55% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00%
SEWER User Pay            
  2016-2020 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40%  
  2017-2021   5.93% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00%
SOLID WASTE            
  2016-2020 (4.80%) (2.40%) 0.00% 2.40% 2.40%  
  2017-2021   0.00% 0.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00%

The Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development posts annually a variety of statistics relating to Local Government. The table below shows General Municipal Taxes for municipalities in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional Districts for 2016. They are posted in order of ‘lowest’ to ‘highest’ based on a representative house value of $596,845.

Municipalities in FVRD and GVRD Type RD House Value School General Municipal Total Regional District Hospital BCA, MFA and Other Total Res Variable Rate Taxes Total Res Parcel Taxes Total Res. User Fees Total Residential Property Taxes and Charges
West Vancouver D GVR 2,758,473 2,829 4,288 143 0 932 8,192 0 1,752 9,944
White Rock C GVR 1,075,390 1,735 3,248 59 0 363 5,406 18 833 6,256
Port Moody C GVR 938,092 1,451 3,015 52 0 317 4,835 0 1,037 5,872
Vancouver C GVR 1,854,426 2,199 2,896 95 0 627 5,817 0 1,198 7,015
New Westminster C GVR 829,483 1,387 2,835 47 0 280 4,549 0 1,247 5,796
North Vancouver D GVR 1,281,302 1,668 2,708 67 0 433 4,876 0 1,542 6,417
North Vancouver C GVR 1,140,767 1,485 2,674 61 0 385 4,605 0 1,011 5,616
Coquitlam C GVR 879,312 1,360 2,460 47 0 297 4,164 397 768 5,329
Burnaby C GVR 1,216,329 1,693 2,447 61 0 411 4,612 536 938 6,085
Lions Bay V GVR 1,227,386 1,259 2,392 76 0 639 4,365 267 2,315 6,947
Richmond C GVR 1,160,068 1,670 2,383 59 0 392 4,503 0 1,247 5,750
Delta D GVR 703,975 1,086 2,279 38 0 331 3,734 0 1,000 4,734
Port Coquitlam C GVR 650,270 1,006 2,253 35 0 220 3,513 0 915 4,429
Anmore V GVR 1,319,235 2,041 2,210 301 0 693 5,244 39 1,110 6,392
Maple Ridge C GVR 503,865 954 2,205 28 0 170 3,357 193 900 4,450
Abbotsford C FVR 428,986 927 2,150 52 90 23 3,243 0 700 3,943
Bowen Island D GVR 750,935 770 2,035 38 0 499 3,342 570 1,667 5,579
Mission D FVR 414,523 838 1,980 44 87 23 2,972 0 1,167 5,579
Langley C GVR 543,808 963 1,959 30 0 184 3,136 0 922 4,057
Pitt Meadows C GVR 509,558 965 1,931 29 0 172 3,097 0 1,000 4,097
Langley D GVR 596,845 1,057 1,929 31 0 202 3,219 0 1,184 4,404
Surrey C GVR 733,407 1,184 1,791 37 0 248 3,260 316 954 4,529
Chilliwack C FVR 359,825 840 1,717 51 76 96 2,779 0 676 3,455
Belcarra V GVR 1,018,605 1,576 1,482 273 0 519 3,850 973 1,095 5,918
Hope D FVR 227,420 616 1,475 287 47 12 2,437 85 704 3,226
Kent D FVR 302,397 819 1,208 39 64 16 2,147 0 0 2,147
Harrison Hot Springs V FVR 339,335 919 1,174 87 72 105 2,357 0 1,099 3,456

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.

Relationship of Light Industry and Commercial Tax Ratios 

Budget

2017 – 2021 Financial Plan Process

To kick off this year’s budget season, please mark down the following dates. Staff will provide Mayor and Council with an overview of the 2017 Draft Capital and Operating Budget.

Financial Plan Input 2017

 

More Information

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