City of Powell River's 2019 Budget Consultation

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.

Tell us what matters to you

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!

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Transit Services Learn more

Your choice

Currently, the Powell River’s Conventional Transit System provides service 7 days a week (except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday). Service is provided throughout the City limits including service to Tla’amin.

handyDART is a door-to-door, shared transit service for people unable to take fixed-route transit. Customers must first register, but registration is free.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Transit Services?
$0
2,715,972
1,275,972
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Fire Services Learn more

Your choice

Powell River Fire Rescue provides 24/7 professional rapid response for properties within the city limits. The department also provides back-up support to our neighbouring departments by way of a regional assistance agreement. Services range from fighting fires (structure, vehicle, outdoor fires); emergency medical care (via the first responder program); fire prevention through numerous public education initiatives, code compliance, fire bylaw enforcement, technical rescues; hazardous materials spills; motor vehicle incidents; to general public assistance when requested.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Fire Services?
$0
3,921,171
2,481,171
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Police Services Learn more

Your choice

The City contracts the RCMP to provide policing and community-related services. The costs and services are shared with the Province who pay 30% of the policing contract. The municipality pays 70% of the contract and provides additional human resources. The partnership provides the community with effective, efficient and affordable policing.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Police Services?
$0
4,115,393
2,675,393
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Roads and Transportation Services Learn more

Your choice

Roads and Transportation Services provides operations and maintenance of roads, harbours and the Powell River Airport and oversight of municipal servicing. The Roads department carries out maintenance of roads including sidewalks and signage and markings. Harbours includes operations and maintenance of the North, South and Westview Harbours including Spirit Square as well as oversight of the Barge Facility located in the Townsite. Maintenance of the Airport is carried out following Transport Canada regulations. Engineering oversees roads, water, sewer and proposed development.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Roads and Transportation Services?
$0
3,914,704
2,474,704
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Recreation Services Learn more

Your choice

At the heart of the community is the Powell River Recreation Complex, which features two NHL-sized ice surfaces, a large aquatic centre, a 2,200 sq. ft fitness centre & studio, the 720 seat Evergreen Theatre, and several meeting rooms. Adjacent to the Complex is a bike and skateboard park, 1.5km multi-use paved pathway and numerous hiking and biking trails that spread throughout Millennium Park. Other recreational services include reservations of all the City’s recreational facilities and parks, coordination and delivery of special events throughout the year and working with other special event operators to improve the quality of life of all residents living in the region.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Recreation Services?
$0
4,395,403
2,955,403
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Parks Services Learn more

Your choice

The Parks department is committed to providing superior parks, recreation and cultural services to all residents living within the region while being guided by Council’s strategic priorities and direction.

One of the main goals of Parks Services is for the Powell River Region to become the healthiest and/or the most active region in British Columbia. We realize that this goal is a challenge; however, with our team of dedicated parks, recreation and cultural professionals working in partnership with other like-minded agencies and organizations this goal is achievable.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Parks Services?
$0
1,983,737
543,737
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Bylaw Services

Your choice

Bylaw Services includes animal control and involves investigating and seeking voluntary compliance, patrolling pay-parking lots and operating the City Pound. Bylaw services are almost always complaint driven. Generally, bylaw officers are called in to address: unsightly properties, graffiti, animal control, noise, parking that blocks driveways and lanes.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Bylaw Services?
$0
448,002
88,002
-$180,000
$180,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Planning Services Learn more

Your choice

The Planning Services department includes the Building and Planning functions for the City. Building Department staff are responsible for the review and issuance of building permits, sign permits and business licenses under the authority of the Director of Planning Services. Planning staff make recommendations to Council on a wide range of policies, plans and bylaws. This process includes consultation with various stakeholders such as local residents and business owners. An example of a recent initiative is the development of a regulatory framework to permit carriage houses.

A key function of the Planning Services department is to guide the efficient and sustainable development of land within the City through the management and review of all land development applications. Applications include Sustainable OCP and Zoning Bylaw amendments, development permits, variance permits, subdivisions and other various development proposals.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Planning Services?
$0
1,465,551
25,551
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Cultural Services

Your choice

Cultural Services provides grants to the Powell River Public Library, Powell River Historical Museum and Archives, Powell River Council for Arts, Culture & Heritage, and Powell River Academy of Music.

Powell River Council for Arts, Culture & Heritage administers funds available from the City to support arts and culture activities in the community and to create programs such as Arts Alive in the Park and the Celebration of Cultural Diversity.

Powell River Academy of Music supports the delivery of music, dance and art programs in the community. In addition, they produce the biannual international choral Kathaumixw. The City of Powell River provides 70% of the Library’s core funding. In addition, the City provides a grant-in-kind to the Museum. Both organizations receive additional funding from other organizations, fees, and senior government grants.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Cultural Services?
$0
1,848,909
408,909
-$720,000
$720,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Solid Waste Services

Your choice

The Solid Waste Services department provides weekly curbside waste and biweekly recycling collection to single family homes.

The City will continue its biweekly pilot of curbside organics collection for over 300 residences

Recycle depots are available in the City for items that may not be included in your curbside recycling. These recycle depots will accept foam, glass, plastic bags & overwrap, food scraps, yard waste and food-soiled paper. The 2018 Waste Wise Guide provides detailed information on City curbside collection, curbside recycling, depot recycling, hazardous waste disposal, community organics recover exchange, waste wise recycling directory, and a farm & local food directory.

The City also offers a “ReCollect web App” that will register residents for Solid Waste collection notification by email, text or phone calls. Register for collection notification today.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Solid Waste Services?
$0
1,107,816
27,816
-$540,000
$540,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

Economic Development and Communications

Your choice

The Economic Development and Communications budget includes funding for in-house functions as well as an agreement with Tourism Powell River to deliver visitor services for the City.

Internally the Economic Development and Communications office conducts the following activities:

  • business retention and expansion programs
  • investment attraction and site selection
  • community capacity building and sector development project work
  • resident attraction campaigns
  • management of City’s lease properties
  • facilitation of City-owned property sales
  • management of City-owned development corporations
  • fee for service agreements
  • internal and external communications.
Would you increase, decrease or maintain the budget for Economic Development and Communications?
$0
623,828
83,828
-$270,000
$270,000
Do you have any comments on these specific programs or services?

General Tax Slider to Balance the Budget

Your choice

The budgeted 2019 property tax increase is 1.5%, which is based on a historical estimate of inflation. The most recent BC consumer price index report produced by Statistics Canada indicates inflation of 3.0% for the year ending October 2018.

A 1.5% increase generates approximately $270,000, which represents a $28 increase for the average assessed residential property.

If you wish to have more or less than a 1.5% property tax increase, you may adjust the General Tax Slider. Then you must balance the budget, just as Council is obligated to do.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the general tax revenue?
$0
5%
-2%
$630,000
-$630,000

Contributions to Savings

Your choice

The City needs to contribute to savings to achieve community goals and fund the future replacement costs of assets such as buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.

By increasing contributions to savings, the City’s reliance on debt is reduced, which may result in lower interest expenses.

By decreasing contribution to savings, short-term reduction in property taxes could be realized. However, the City will be required to increase reliance on debt to finance projects, which will result in higher interest expenses and property taxes in the long term.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain the City’s contribution to savings?
$0
889,100
79,100
-$720,000
$90,000

General comments

Please provide any additional comments in the box below:
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  • Note: Collecting the postal code ensures that only submissions from residents will be considered. However, all visitors can make a submission. Submissions from non-residents may be discarded after the end of the consultation.

    If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".