As part of Council’s ongoing commitment to community engagement, the City of Powell River is encouraging you to complete this interactive budget simulator for timely and meaningful involvement in the 2019 budgeting process.
The budget simulator is conducted to measure public satisfaction with municipal programs and services and to gain an insight into the service priorities of residents.
For more information on the City’s budget and how tax dollars are spent, please consult our Five-Year Financial Plan. For more information on each service area, please click on the learn more pop-ups below.
By increasing spending in one area or decreasing in another, you’re advising the City on what programs and services you value more. In addition, you may adjust the annual property tax increase; if you do, you will be required to increase or decrease services to balance the budget. A 1.5% property tax increase generates approximately $270,000, which represents a $28 increase for the average assessed residential property.
Balancing the budget involves difficult choices that directly impact the taxes you pay and the services the City provides. When you increase funding in one area, you will have to decrease funding in another to keep the budget balanced. Remember, decreasing one area’s budget may result in reduced service levels. You must balance the budget, or you will not be able to submit your choices.
Your input will be reviewed by Council, shared with the public and help with the prioritization of resources, and financial forecasting decisions.
We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!