Thursday, November 15, 2018
File Number: 
2018-24

2019 Pitt Meadows Tax and Utilities Rates Proposed at 5.75 Percent or $175

 

PITT MEADOWS, BC On November 13, 2018, City staff presented Council with the 2019 preliminary budget which proposed a 5.75 percent increase or $175 for the average single family home.

This increase comes prior to any current Council budget deliberations. Staff articulated that the increases are largely imposed by provincial legislation or driven by contracted service providers.

 

The 5.75 percent budget presentation broke down as follows:

 

Key Budget Drivers

Amount

Share of Total Increase

Contracted Services & Provincial Legislation

  • Metro Vancouver water purchases and sewage treatment costs. This is driven by increased water consumption costs and capital reserve savings to reduce future impact of debt servicing costs on rate payers - $45
  • Organics processing fees due to increased regulations and reduced competition in the market- $21
  • Municipal Government Health Tax - $13
  • RCMP Police Services to maintain services -$12
  • FVRL Library Services to maintain services - $3

$94

3.09%

City Department Services

  • City Departments - $25
  • Utility system maintenance - $7
  • Increased Pitt Meadows Day funding - $4

$36

1.18%

Asset Replacement

Saving for future infrastructure replacement (planned asset management)

$45

1.48%

Total

$175

5.75%

 

“At least three per cent of the increase is outside of the City’s control and is attributed to contracted services such as Metro Vancouver, RCMP and the Fraser Valley Regional Library,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “2.66 percent of the increase is to maintain current service levels and commitments made by the previous Council. Many of the new councils in Metro Vancouver will be faced with the same challenges. Council recognizes that this puts pressure on those on a fixed income or with limited discretionary funds. It will be important to move forward with a solid budget that balances City services, asset replacement and the best interests of our community.”

 

For a number of years, Pitt Meadows residents have experienced among the lowest rate of tax increases for the delivery of value services.  Property taxes enable the City to provide residents with a full range of services that people use and depend on each day.

 

“The City has been diligent with asset management and infrastructure planning. This comes at a cost of 1.48 percent for 2019, which is essential for sustaining long-term service delivery,” says Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Roberts.  An additional 1.18 percent of the proposed increase was identified to maintain City department services.

 

The City has planned opportunities for the community to learn more and speak to staff about Council priorities and the 2019 budget.  Key dates are: November 27, December 10 and 12. Find out more pittmeadows.ca/budget. 

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For more information please contact:

Carolyn Baldridge,

Manager of Communications & Community Engagement

City of Pitt Meadows

cbaldridge@pittmeadows.bc.ca

p. 604.460.6704

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