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The District of Highlands has passed what Mayor Ken Williams calls a status quo budget with a three-per-cent tax increase, which he said maintains current service levels while growing the district’s financial reserves for future infrastructure needs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Highlands passes status quo budget with 3-per-cent tax increase

One third of hike to boost district’s reserves for future infrastructure renewal

 

Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich will no longer enrol new late French immersion students. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich mom says sudden cut to French immersion program disrupts planning for family’s education

New enrolment being cut off for Cedar Hill Middle School’s late French immersion program

 

Saanich council narrowly passed third reading for a 6.67-per-cent property tax increase for 2022 at its May 2 meeting, as well as the district’s five-year financial plan, both by a 5-4 vote. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich taxpayers face 6.67-per-cent hike, will pay about $199/year more on average

Addition of critically needed staff, along with council wish list, bump 2022 tax hike

 

View Royal council has approved the town’s 2022 budget, with fire and policing cost increases driving a 5.5-per-cent tax increase. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Policing, fire coverage cost increases drive 5.5-per-cent tax hike in View Royal

2022 budget adds in cost increases put off during the height of the pandemic

View Royal council has approved the town’s 2022 budget, with fire and policing cost increases driving a 5.5-per-cent tax increase. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
An appeal over police funding in Greater Victoria has gone to the province. The Township of Esquimalt rejected funding requests from the Victoria Police Department as council felt it was paying too much for services that were being directed downtown for incidents such as this Johnson Street bridge demonstration, and not in the township itself. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police board files provincial appeal after Esquimalt funding rejection

Victoria council puts money in reserves after Vancouver loses similar appeal

An appeal over police funding in Greater Victoria has gone to the province. The Township of Esquimalt rejected funding requests from the Victoria Police Department as council felt it was paying too much for services that were being directed downtown for incidents such as this Johnson Street bridge demonstration, and not in the township itself. (Black Press Media file photo)
The number 2 fire hall for Langford Fire Rescue will be opened on a full-time basis this year, among proposals listed in the city’s five-year financial plan. (Google Street View)

Langford proposes modest 2.95-per-cent tax increase; larger increases down the road

City staff, council manage to lower 2022 figure from its initial 5 per cent hike

The number 2 fire hall for Langford Fire Rescue will be opened on a full-time basis this year, among proposals listed in the city’s five-year financial plan. (Google Street View)
The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees approved cuts to various labour positions, as well as elementary strings music programs and two outreach positions in its budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria trustees finalize music, janitorial cuts and more; budget approved

Day custodial services at elementary, middle schools cut by half, admin positions slashed

The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees approved cuts to various labour positions, as well as elementary strings music programs and two outreach positions in its budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Policing costs are the largest line item in the City of Colwood’s 2022 budget, which council adopted Monday night. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Policing, infrastructure upgrades drive 4.3-per-cent Colwood property tax hike

Continued growth of city requires future investments, says Mayor Rob Martin

Policing costs are the largest line item in the City of Colwood’s 2022 budget, which council adopted Monday night. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
During last week’s financial plan discussions, Saanich council heard options designed to reduce the proposed property tax increase for 2022. ( Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council given budget options for reducing property tax hike

Range for increase remains between 5.68 and 6.39 per cent, more discussions ahead

During last week’s financial plan discussions, Saanich council heard options designed to reduce the proposed property tax increase for 2022. ( Black Press Media file photo)
The Town of View Royal is seeking community engagement on its upcoming budget as it approaches finalization and adoption. (Courtesy of Town of View Royal)

View Royal launches online 2022 budget engagement tool

Community feedback sought before March 31 on upcoming budget

The Town of View Royal is seeking community engagement on its upcoming budget as it approaches finalization and adoption. (Courtesy of Town of View Royal)
Career coordinators at Greater Victoria School District high schools are at risk of having their positions eliminated as the SD61 board of trustees considers ways to trim a $7.2 million deficit. (Educomics.org)

Career coordinator jobs at risk in Greater Victoria School District budget

Coordinators work with students to plan post-grad life; often provide emotional support

Career coordinators at Greater Victoria School District high schools are at risk of having their positions eliminated as the SD61 board of trustees considers ways to trim a $7.2 million deficit. (Educomics.org)
Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council looks to reduce 6.69 per cent tax increase seen in draft budget

Tax hike even higher if $3.3 million for active transportation projects added in

Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)
The proposed Greater Victoria School District budget for 2022-23 calls for signficant cuts, and as such has drawn criticism from local teachers association and parent advisory council reps. (Black Press Media file photo)

Here we go again: cuts to counselling, music possible for Greater Victoria schools

Teachers, parents group concerned with how SD61 may address $7.2-million deficit

The proposed Greater Victoria School District budget for 2022-23 calls for signficant cuts, and as such has drawn criticism from local teachers association and parent advisory council reps. (Black Press Media file photo)
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B.C.’s new autism funding model a disappointment, says Autism BC

Part two in a series of stories related to autism awareness in B.C.

(Autism BC photo)
The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees invotes the public to attend their March 10 budget meeting, happening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the district’s Uplands campus on Henderson Road. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria School District)

Greater Victoria School District invites input on budget options at March 10 meeting

Board must tackle $7-million deficit, inflation pressures for 2022-23 school year

The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees invotes the public to attend their March 10 budget meeting, happening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the district’s Uplands campus on Henderson Road. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria School District)
B.C. State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen said that expanding childcare in B.C. is essential to better support the development of children and to ease pressure on parents and guardians. (Black Press Media file photo)

Provincial 2022 budget allows for investments in childcare and programs for B.C. families

Childcare considered a necessity, not a luxury says State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen

B.C. State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen said that expanding childcare in B.C. is essential to better support the development of children and to ease pressure on parents and guardians. (Black Press Media file photo)
Children protest in front of BC Parliament for autism support in B.C. in 2021. (Autism BC)

B.C.’s new autism funding model a disappointment, says Autism BC

Part one in a series of stories related to autism awareness in B.C.

Children protest in front of BC Parliament for autism support in B.C. in 2021. (Autism BC)
As climate change threatens Sidney’s shoreline, the 2022 budget includes the first annual contribution of $50,000 toward the municipality’s new climate action reserve fund. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s 2022 budget includes money for new RCMP officer and for fight against climate change

Sidney’s 2022 budget is making history by including the first of what…

As climate change threatens Sidney’s shoreline, the 2022 budget includes the first annual contribution of $50,000 toward the municipality’s new climate action reserve fund. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robison. (Screen shot)

B.C. finance minister rules out comprehensive tax review

‘I want to be really honest and up-front about that,’ Selina Robinson said Friday

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robison. (Screen shot)
Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith says raising property tax revenues by 3.74 per cent will help the municipality return to normal funding levels while making additional investments. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney).

2022 budget for Sidney increases revenue from property taxes by 3.76 per cent

Increase designed to help Sidney reach normal revenue levels

Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith says raising property tax revenues by 3.74 per cent will help the municipality return to normal funding levels while making additional investments. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney).