Your City Budget. Have Your Say.

 

Victoria City Council is discussing the 2022 Draft Budget and is looking for input to help inform how best to invest your tax dollars.

The City’s third budget during the COVID-19 pandemic proposes to invest $264.7 million in operating and $97.1 million in capital improvements to deliver more than 200 services and programs that the community depends on. 

In order to deliver these core services, the draft base budget proposes a 3.25 per cent tax increase to maintain current service levels. This is within Council’s target of limiting the property tax increase to the rate of inflation plus one percentage point.

This follows an overall 2.03 per cent increase in 2021, which Council distributed to residential properties at 5.73 per cent, and to business properties at a decrease of 2.08 per cent. In 2020, there was a zero per cent increase for both residential and commercial properties due to the financial hardship the community was experiencing as a result of the pandemic.

To meet Council’s target, City staff are recommending a series of cost-cutting measures to offset projected revenue loss due to the ongoing economic fallout of the pandemic. This includes delaying the posting of vacant positions, reducing travel for conferences and using the remaining federal-provincial Restart Grant to offset revenue shortfalls.

In addition for Budget 2022, Council is also considering investing in new programs and services to advance community priorities including preparing for a changing climate, supporting businesses to help grow the local economy, enhancing public safety, improving housing affordability and reducing plastic waste, among others. The addition of new services has the potential to add to the proposed property tax increase.

Starting today, the community is invited to share their priorities for the draft budget through a detailed survey, email feedback and by participating in a Virtual Budget Town Hall.

“We know how much our residents and businesses appreciate the services provided by the City, which is why Council is proposing to maintain current service levels even in our third pandemic budget,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “We’ve made significant progress over the past couple of years to enhance overall quality of life, while keeping tax increases low or even zero. We’ve also heard that the community has additional priorities, which is why we’re asking for input on what areas are important for Council to make additional investments as we recover from COVID-19.”  

What You Need to Know

Have Your Say

There's still time to share your budget priorities with Council:

Thank you to all those who participated in our Virtual Budget Town Hall and Youth Speak: Budget 2022 on November 17. You can watch the archived webcast of the Virtual Budget Town Hall here.

All public input will be included in an information package that will be presented to Council on December 9 and made available on the City’s website.

Learn more and have your say by November 23.