Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Rd. (Gazette file photo)

Colwood could see 1.3 per cent tax increase

Input sought for draft financial plan

Colwood residents could potentially see a 1.3 per cent tax increase this year.

The City’s draft financial plan for 2018-2022 is projecting a $23 increase in property taxes for 2018, if approved by council.

“We’ve been able to maintain service levels so nothing has changed. We’re getting more efficient and only putting on projects that we have a feel that we can undertake and complete in the year,” Mayor Carol Hamilton said. “It makes a difference instead of speculating a bit on what we want to get done.”

Last year’s tax increase was two per cent.

This year’s draft plan recommends spending $264,700 on new operating budget items as a result of growth pressures. For example, $66,000 will be used to increase the City’s human resource position to full-time hours, $112,400 for the creation of an independent information technology division so the City can transition away from contracted IT support services, and $41,300 to increase the court liaison/exhibit clerk at the West Shore RCMP’s Langford detachment to full-time hours.

In addition, $45,000 will be used to move the City’s building inspector to full-time hours to accommodate increased building permit and inspection volumes.

“The amount of development that’s before us is significant and will continue to be significant over the next 20 years, so this is a position that is well utilized to stay on top and keep files moving forward and not getting lost in the shuffle,” Hamilton said.

The draft plan also recommends increasing the annual transfer to the infrastructure deficit reserve by $230,500. The increased transfer would be funded by the remaining new construction tax revenue and could potentially be used to complete road or intersection work, as needed.

“If anything major happens, you want to have at least something in the bank, so to speak to be able to kick start it,” Hamilton said.

Funds have also been allocated for special projects within the city such as $548,000 for affordable housing contributions, $130,000 for a stormwater master plan, and $100,000 for an area planning project.

Other special projects include the installation of new waterfront interpretive signs, public art projects, painting of the fire hall, an inspection of the Lagoon Bridge, First Nations outreach, and a City Hall replacement study.

Council hopes to approve the plan before May 15, as required by legislation.

Residents can provide input on the plan during a number of upcoming meetings including ones on Feb. 19 and 27 and March 5. Input can also be emailed to info@colwood.ca.

For more information on the plan visit colwood.ca.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

UPDATE: Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

Outrigger canoe teams race over two days to raise money for men’s health initiatives

WetDashe for men’s health highlights benefits of year-round sport on the West Coast

Heritage Haunted House rakes in more than $10,000 to help fill children’s dreams

Spooky fundrasier has been scaring community for 13 years

Investigate the paranormal at Point Ellice House this December

Museum hosting ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ event

Oak Bay girls net senior volleyball Island championship

Claremont Secondary clams second place as both teams head to Provincials

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Most Read