Pre 2021 Budget Survey

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Join staff at a virtual open house: Thurs, Feb 11, 6:00 pm

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-ChqzkuHNGN1xwPiEqNKOudTHq_X_ho


Like other Canadian municipalities, Central Saanich must balance a budget that accounts for inflation, service delivery and putting away for aging infrastructure, and investing in new roles of local government, such as climate change and emergency management.

The 2021 Draft Financial Plan is being prepared by staff, and will be available for public comment in February. It will then be presented to Council for consideration in a series of presentations open to the public via Zoom. (For budget meetings, please see the Key Dates on the right of this page)

About Central Saanich's budget: Central Saanich offers a range of services but has limited revenue sources and we are focused on the long-term and prudent fiscal management. Services include Legislative and Administrative Services, Finance, Policing, Fire Protection, Planning, Building Inspections, Bylaw Enforcement, Community Services, Civil Engineering and Public Works Services including Roads, Drainage, Water, Sewer, and Parks.

Questions? Please post a question on this page or contact us (see Who's Listening to the right).

Join staff at a virtual open house: Thurs, Feb 11, 6:00 pm

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-ChqzkuHNGN1xwPiEqNKOudTHq_X_ho


Like other Canadian municipalities, Central Saanich must balance a budget that accounts for inflation, service delivery and putting away for aging infrastructure, and investing in new roles of local government, such as climate change and emergency management.

The 2021 Draft Financial Plan is being prepared by staff, and will be available for public comment in February. It will then be presented to Council for consideration in a series of presentations open to the public via Zoom. (For budget meetings, please see the Key Dates on the right of this page)

About Central Saanich's budget: Central Saanich offers a range of services but has limited revenue sources and we are focused on the long-term and prudent fiscal management. Services include Legislative and Administrative Services, Finance, Policing, Fire Protection, Planning, Building Inspections, Bylaw Enforcement, Community Services, Civil Engineering and Public Works Services including Roads, Drainage, Water, Sewer, and Parks.

Questions? Please post a question on this page or contact us (see Who's Listening to the right).

  • Please take our pre-budget survey. This survey will close March 22, 2021. 


    Background

    • Central Saanich’s annual budget is ~$30 million. 
    • Half of your property tax bill is collected for other regional agencies, such as the library, CRD and BC Transit. The other half funds local infrastructure, services and operations.
    • We heard during the 2019 Citizen Survey that respondents want the District to focus on roads and road safety. They also told us that providing more of the following services would make the District more livable: transportation infrastructure (including sidewalks and bike lanes), local businesses, community events and public transit.
    • In previous decades new infrastructure was installed and long-term cost to maintain/replace it was not incorporated into future budgets—we’re now focused on sustainability and building up funds for now and in the future. For more information, please see our Sustainable Asset Management Plan.
    • The District has one of the lowest business tax rates in the region. 
    • Council is focused on the following priorities for 2020-2022:
      • Invest in Road Safety, Transit and Safe, Accessible Active Transportation (An Active Transportation Plan is expected to be adopted in 2021 along with a financial strategy)
      • Invest in Climate Action and a Healthy Environment
      • Focus on Strong Local Economy and Support Agriculture
      • Manage Responsible Growth
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