Metchosin budgets small tax increase

Paving the pricey item on the agenda for next year in Metchosin

Sam Weller at the recent Metchosin open house to discuss proposed taxes.

Metchosin residents are looking at a 2.3 per cent tax increase this year.

In November council had prepared for a 2.9 per cent increase, so it’s lower than predicted, said Sam Weller, Metchosin’s financial advisor.

The increase will add $19.74 to taxes for the average home in the district.

The tax rise is the result of inflation, staff wages and increasing the fire chief position to full-time.

Repaving Kangaroo Road is the largest planned project.

“We will be spending more money on Kangaroo Road than we do running the district,” said Weller.

 

The $2.2 million budget is in reserves. Last year the district spend $234,000 for repaving roads throughout Metchosin.