Budget 2021

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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 was prepared by staff and will be presented to Council for consideration in a series of presentations open to the public via Zoom. Meetings are being broadcast live and live-streamed.(External link) If you wish to speak or make a submission to Council, you can email municipalhall@csaanich.ca or call 250.652.4444 for information on how to participate in the meetings, or place written correspondence the drop box at Municipal Hall prior to 12 p.m., noon, on the day of the meeting.

Council budget meetings

Tues, Feb 16, 6 p.m. Introduction and Operations

Tues, Feb 23, 6 p.m. Operations continued

Mon, Mar 15, 6 p.m. Capital Plan

Mon, Mar 29, 6 p.m. Budget Summary and Council consideration


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).

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 was prepared by staff and will be presented to Council for consideration in a series of presentations open to the public via Zoom. Meetings are being broadcast live and live-streamed.(External link) If you wish to speak or make a submission to Council, you can email municipalhall@csaanich.ca or call 250.652.4444 for information on how to participate in the meetings, or place written correspondence the drop box at Municipal Hall prior to 12 p.m., noon, on the day of the meeting.

Council budget meetings

Tues, Feb 16, 6 p.m. Introduction and Operations

Tues, Feb 23, 6 p.m. Operations continued

Mon, Mar 15, 6 p.m. Capital Plan

Mon, Mar 29, 6 p.m. Budget Summary and Council consideration


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).

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    Question 1 - I have noted that it appears that other communities are spending a significant portion of their Federal Gas Tax funding for parks, recreation and active transportation (ie. North Saanich Bike Lane improvements, Sidney's Rathdown Park improvements - See Peninsula News Review, Feb 11/21 Page A11). But I am unable to find in the Central Saanich budget the amount of funds expected in Federal Gas Tax funds and how these funds are to be spent for 2021 or 2022 or for previous years. Can you provide how details on how this money is spent and how much CS plans to obtain in 2021 and 2022? I think it is important to highlight details about how this money is spent specially considering the Active Transportation Plan. Question 2 - The Active Transportation Plan is being completed this month but it appears that all of the funding for projects is ONLY coming from Grant Applications, is this correct? Are there plans for Active Transportation projects that are being funded directly by Central Saanich.

    brucedelliot asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question, Central Saanich receives approximately $760,000 a year from the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The primary use of funds in past years has been to fund a backlog road renewal/resurfacing to bring our road maintenance up to date. It has also helped fund other projects for traffic signal upgrades, the pedestrian crosswalk in Saanichton Village, and the Mt. Newton Trial extension. For 2021 and future years in will be used again to fund annual road renewal work and other eligible capital projects completed.

    The Gas Tax received in a year and amount in reserve is disclosed in our annual report financial statements (2019 – in the Notes section: 8. and 10.). We will report on Gas Tax expenditures as part of our 2020 annual report.

    The Draft Active Transportation Plan will be released this month for public input and presented to Council in the spring. Active transportation (AT) is a new initiative and infrastructure for the District, and not part of our prior asset management planning and funding. Currently there is no specific funding source, taxation or reserves, dedicated for AT. As part of our sustainable asset management plan update and related long term financial plan/strategies later this year, new AT infrastructure will be incorporated into the process and financial plan changes and options will be brought forward. This long term plan will look decades into the future.

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    when is Marchant Rd being upgraded? Hazard to walk and drive throughout the day. Just waiting for an accident to happen. Walking is encouraged in CS but this road and present no sidewalk or adequate width for vehicles to pass safely, especially with pedestrians on road way. This road is a major conduit between two major thorough fairs.

    david asked 3 months ago

    As part of the Active Transportation Plan process, the District received hundreds of suggestions from the public, stakeholders and subject matter experts regarding potential improvements to the active transportation network. The identified projects were assessed on certain criteria, such as community support, connectivity and safety. The draft plan will be released in late February.