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.
The RMOW’s budget balances municipal revenues with spending and reserve transfers to pay for municipal services and to save for future expenses.
The RMOW’s Audit and Finance Standing Committee provides direction and guidance to staff during the development of the budget. Council deliberates and votes on the the municipality’s Five-Year Financial Plan (budget document). After the budget is adopted by council, tax rates are calculated, tax rate bylaws are adopted, and property tax notices are sent to property owners.
2017 Budget Timeline
The following are proposed dates for the 2017 budget process. They will be updated as needed.
|November 2016 through January 2017||Operational and project budget planning|
|February 2017||Audit and Finance Committee Meeting to review proposed operating and project budgets|
|February 28||Budget Community Meeting - Budget outcomes|
|March 21||Regular Council Meeting - Budget guidelines|
|April 11||Regular Council Meeting - First three readings, 5-Year Financial Plan Bylaw|
|April 25||Regular Council Meeting - Adopt 5-Year Financial Plan Bylaw; First three readings, tax rate bylaws|
|May 9||Regular Council Meeting - Adopt tax rate bylaws|
2017 Budget Guidelines
At the regular meeting of March 21, 2017, Whistler Council endorsed guidelines for the RMOW's 2017 budget.
The guidelines will be used to draft the 2017-2021 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw, the RMOW's budget document, and include implementing an increase of:
1.9 per cent to property taxes;
0.0 per cent to water parcel taxes and user fees; and
1.0 per cent to sewer parcel taxes and user fees.
For a residential property with an assessed value of $500,000, this would mean an increase of approximately $23 dollars in municipal property taxes and $4 dollars in utilities.
The 2017 budget guidelines will allow the RMOW to continue to deliver a high level of service to residents and visitors, while balancing current community needs and costs with anticipated future needs. A good place to get an overview of the municipal plans is the budget community meeting presentation and Q&A videos.
The 2017–2021 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw includes more than 165 projects with a total possible cost of $36 million, not including land purchase and resident housing development.
- These projects represent significant community investments to support corporate goals and strategies and Council priorities.
Some of the key factors affecting the 2017 budget include:
- Managing demand for high levels of service resulting from high occupancy and visitor numbers
- Anticipated increases in non-tax revenue sources such as a parking and building permit fees
- New growth (also known as non-market change), as a result of new development and the redevelopment of properties, which will result in increased property tax revenues
- Increasing labour and non-labour costs for staff, the RCMP contract, and Whistler’s transit agreement
- Increasing energy costs
2017 Budget Community Meeting
The municipality hosted a Budget 2017 Community meeting on February 28.
Download materials from the meeting:
- Proposed Project Budgets
- Proposed Department Budgets
- 2017 Community Budget Open House Display Posters
- 2017 Community Budget Open House Presentation Slides
Watch videos from the meeting:
- 2017 preliminary budget information presentation
- 2017 preliminary budget presentation question and answer period
Annual Planning Process
The budget planning process is part of a larger corporate planning process, which includes regular opportunities to receive information and provide feedback. This process also includes updates to the Corporate Plan and annual Community Monitoring.
Throughout the year Council receives input from the community and makes decisions informed by long-range plans and research, which all have financial implications. The annual budget process allows us to look at our organization’s plans and priorities, comprehensively, to determine how to deliver them to you in the most fiscally responsible manner.
- The municipality needs to plan its expenditures amongst activities that are legally required, and that address known risks to the community.
- Local government must work to find a balance between community risks and desires along with the must dos, and how much can reasonably be funded every year.
- Reserves function largely to pay for those periodic maintenance and asset replacement costs and to enable new project opportunities.
- Project budgets include maintenance and replacement of existing assets as well as the purchase of new assets.
- When the budget is designed, we do not always know if an asset can be maintained or will need to be replaced. Annual reconstruction and road maintenance are examples of this.
- Project budgets identify financial resources that might be required or available to carry out various activities or acquisitions. Specific costing estimates may not yet have been obtained. This is why project budgets are frequently round dollar amounts.
Stay in Touch
- Email email@example.com with any budget questions or feedback.
- Attend Council meetings.
- Contact members of Council by phone or email.
For budget questions or feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org.