Courtenay Council Approves Five Year Financial Plan
April 12, 2019
Courtenay City Council has approved the 2019-2023 Financial Plan, outlining projected tax rates and anticipated revenues and expenses for capital and operational programs over the next five years. The plan includes an overall total property tax increase in 2019 of 2.75 per cent.
Mayor Bob Wells said Council worked to strike a balance between the desired level of service and the cost to taxpayers, both now and into the future. “This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, decisions our Council will make this year,” said Mayor Wells. “It’s critically important that we understand the short-and long-term impacts of our budget. For example, postponing necessary infrastructure maintenance and repairs can end up being much more costly in the long run, such as the 5th Street Bridge which has been postponed for more than a decade. We’re also dealing with external cost increases that are outside our control, such as the new BC Employer Health Tax which accounts for 1.1 per cent of the total 2.75 percent increase.
“It’s our job as elected officials to balance all of these priorities, making decisions based on the best available information and aligned with our Council’s strategic priorities, and I am confident we’re moving in the right direction. I’d like to thank staff for all the hard work that has gone into developing this financial plan.”
The 2019 budget includes:
- No new borrowing
- $14 million in capital expenses for infrastructure projects and upgrades
- $52 million in operating expenses
- $220,800 transferred from gaming funds to the Asset Management Infrastructure Reserve Fund
The Community Charter requires that Council adopt a five-year financial plan, or budget document, each year prior to adopting the annual property tax bylaw. Future year forecasts are projections based on estimates only. The City of Courtenay continues to implement a robust Asset Management Planning program, and uses a conservative approach to estimate future revenues and expenditures. Future year forecasts do not include other potential revenue sources such as grants. The City of Courtenay will continue to advocate for existing and emerging funding opportunities to reduce the impact on City taxpayers and residents.
The Financial Plan and Tax Rate bylaws will be adopted by May 15th with tax notices mailed out by the end of May.
To review the detailed Financial Plan as well as background reports and presentations, visit www.courtenay.ca/financialplan
For information on the relationship between your property assessment and property taxes, visit www.courtenay.ca/assessments
To provide feedback on the financial plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 21, 2019.