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 plans its annual and five-year budgets to manage day-to-day services, operations, projects, and infrastructure investments and to take into consideration the longer term strategy, challenges and vision for Whistler.
Strong fiscal management remains 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 community.
Annual planning process
Preparation of the 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.
View 2021 Budget Materials
Thank you to everyone who attended the annual budget community meeting held (virtually this year) on November 16, 2020.
Meeting materials and Budget 2021 information are available here:
- Budget Open house video presentation (November 16)
- Council meeting budget guidelines presentation video (December 15)
- Council meeting budget guidelines presentation slides (December 15)
The 2021 - 2025 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw was adopted at the January 5, 2021 regular council meeting:
2021-2025 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw
2021 Budget Timeline
|July through September 2020||Operational and project budget planning|
|October through November 2020||Council review of proposed operating and project budgets|
|November 16, 2020||Budget community meeting|
|December 1, 2020||Regular council meeting - budget guidelines
4. p.m. cutoff: last day to submit budget feedback.
|December 15, 2020||Regular council meeting - first 3 readings, five-year financial plan bylaw|
|January 5, 2021||Regular council meeting - adopt five-year financial plan bylaw; first 3 readings, tax rate bylaws|
|April 2021||Regular council meeting - adopt tax rate bylaws|
View 2020 Amended Budget Materials
COVID-19 Financial Impact
Whistler Council adopted an updated Five-Year Financial Plan 2020 – 2024 (2020 budget) at its meeting May 5 following a thorough review of operations and projects against the backdrop of COVID-19’s short and longer term impacts to the community. The overall 2020 budget for the municipality was reduced from $97 million to $86 million. Council also adopted tax and fee bylaws, as well as changes to the penalty date for residential property taxes.
Amended 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw
Amended Budget 2020 information
- Amended departmental operating budgets (forthcoming)
- Amended project alignment to council strategic priorities
- Amended project budgets, 2020-2024
View Original 2020 Budget Materials
The 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw was adopted at the January 7, 2020 regular council meeting:
2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw
Budget 2020 information
- Departmental operating budgets
- Project alignment to council strategic priorities
- Project budgets, 2020-2024
The budget for 2020 includes an operating budget of $90 million, as well as a $41 million budget for 164 projects.
The proposed increase to general municipal taxes is 2.8 per cent and utilities parcel tax and user fees is 2 per cent. For a Whistler residential property with an assessed value of $1.6 million, this would result in an estimated utility increase of about $24, and a property tax increase of about $72 (assuming assessment increase is in line with average).
The municipality hosted a 2020 budget community meeting on November 12, 2019. View materials from the meeting:
- Watch the full budget presentation here
- Download the presentation slides here
- Download the posters here
Property Tax Information
Property Tax Information (includes how to pay, Home Owner Grant information, and property tax resources such as FAQ)
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