Fee for Service and Community Enrichment Program funding for community organizations confirmed
Whistler Council has adopted the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)’s 2018–2022 Five-Year Financial Plan (budget document), which includes increases of 2.25 per cent to property taxes, 1.1 per cent to sewer parcel taxes and user fees, and 4.5 per cent to solid waste parcel taxes and fees. There are no changes to the water parcel taxes and fees.
The municipality also collects taxes on behalf of other agencies including the Province of B.C. (school tax), Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment and the Sea to Sky Hospital District. For most properties these other taxes account for approximately 41 per cent of their tax bill. The provincial school tax accounts for 91 per cent of the other taxes, and for residential properties in Whistler the Province has increased this tax by 10.35 per cent for 2018.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said, “The 2018 budget allows the RMOW to continue to deliver a high level of service to residents and visitors, and to balance current community needs with anticipated future needs.” She added, “For the last six years, we have kept Whistler tax and user fees in line with or less than inflation rates, and we have made consistent annual contributions to operating and capital reserves. Our budget and investments in more than 185 projects reflect our commitment to corporate goals and strategies and Council priorities.”
Preparation of the municipality’s annual budget is guided by the RMOW Corporate Plan and other municipal guiding documents; leadership of the Audit and Finance Committee, other committees, Council and staff; and community input provided throughout the year at through meetings, surveys, letters to Council and discussions; and thoughtful community planning and research.
Council has adopted tax rate bylaws, and tax notices will be mailed out at the end of this month.
Municipal property taxes are due on Tuesday, July 3. Property owners are encouraged to register for MyWhistler to receive property tax notices by email and to review property tax information online at whistler.ca/onlineservices.
Learn more at whistler.ca/budget.
Fee for Service
The RMOW is providing $1,120,440 this year in Fee for Service funding to five non-profit organizations that offer a service that a municipality would normally provide.
The five recipients of 2018 Fee for Service agreements are the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association – WORCA ($50,000), Whistler Animals Galore ($84,897), Whistler Arts Council ($656,569), Whistler Museum and Archives Society ($175,099) and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce ($153,875).
Proposed funding has also been allocated as follows for 2019 and 2020, subject to the municipal budget process in those years:
- Whistler Animals Galore: $86,595 in 2019 and $88,326 in 2020
- Whistler Arts Council: $669,701 in 2019 and $683,095 in 2020
- Whistler Museum and Archives Society: $178,601 in 2019 and $182,173 in 2020
- The Whistler Chamber of Commerce: $156,953 in 2019 and $160,092 in 2020
The RMOW is in the final year of a three-year (2016-2018) Fee for Service agreement with WORCA to implement a trail maintenance and rejuvenation program. The agreement will be revisited in 2019.
The Fee for Service program is funded from property taxes, as well as from the Province through Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) and the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).
Learn more at whistler.ca/feeforservice.
Community Enrichment Program
The RMOW has awarded $136,200 in grant funding to 29 Whistler non-profit organizations and societies through the 2018 Community Enrichment Program.
The organizations and societies span the categories of environment, social service, community service, recreation and sport, and arts and culture. View the list of recipients.
The CEP was created to help the RMOW work towards key strategies and areas identified in Whistler2020, Whistler’s shared sustainability plan and vision. Funding contributes to the general interest and advantage of the Whistler community. The amount provided to each organization varies, but cannot be more than 50 per cent of a program’s total costs.
Learn more at whistler.ca/CEP.