The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) collects revenues from property taxes, fees and charges to provide programs and services, and manage infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer as well as facilities, parks and trails on behalf of the resort community.
Council endorsed the guidelines for the RMOW’s 2019 budget and adopted:
· A 2.9 per cent increase to property taxes
· A 2.0 per cent increase to sewer parcel taxes and user fees
· A 3.6 per cent increase to solid waste parcel taxes and fees
· The proposed project amounts totaling $41.1 million
The guidelines were used to draft the 2019–2023 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw, the RMOW’s annual budget document. The increase to property taxes translates to approximately an additional $32 dollars this year for a property assessed at $1 million with an assessment that increased 16 per cent which is the average amount of similar properties. Properties that increased less than the average for similar properties may see a decrease in property taxes paid.
View 2019 budget materials
The 2019–2023 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw was passed at the June 11, 2019 regular council meeting:
2019–2023 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw
The municipality hosted a 2019 budget community meeting on February 4. View materials from the meeting:
2019 preliminary budget information presentation
2019 community budget open house display posters
2019 Budget timeline
|November 2018 through January 2019||Operational and project budget planning|
|January 2019||Council review of proposed operating and project budgets|
|February 4||Budget community meeting|
|March 12||Regular council meeting - budget guidelines
4. p.m. cutoff: last day to submit budget feedback.
|March 26||Regular council meeting - first 3 readings, five-year financial plan bylaw|
|April 16||Regular council meeting - adopt five-year financial plan bylaw; first 3 readings, tax rate bylaws|
|April 30||Regular council meeting - adopt tax rate bylaws|
Annual planning process
Strong fiscal management remains as a foundation of RMOW’s budget process. The budget is developed to manage current demands but is also focused on the longer term strategy and vision for the resort.
Preparation of the 2019 budget is guided by the RMOW Corporate Plan and other municipal guiding documents; the leadership of the Audit and Finance Committee, staff and Council; direction provided throughout the year by committees of Council; feedback from the community through meetings, surveys, letters to Council and discussions; and thoughtful community planning and research.
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