You’re invited to have your say … with our easy-to-use interactive and educational online tool – Citizen Budget. Take a few minutes and tell us your priorities and preferences for the 2018 Budget. How do you want to see tax dollars spent in 2018? What service levels are most important to you?
This exercise will allow you to experience the types of decisions City Council and staff make when developing and allocating funds. Each year, as part of the budget process, choices must be made that directly impact the taxes you pay and the levels of services the City can provide. Our budget looks to balance competing priorities and challenges with the ability to provide high quality services to all of our citizens.
Importantly, the priorities and preferences that citizens share with us through this years Citizen Budget will be shared with City Council and staff prior to the start of 2018 strategic planning and budget deliberations.
Step 1: Enter your home’s assessment - you can find this by viewing your tax notice, assessment notice by using online services on the City’s website or by using the assessment authorities' e-valueBC. You can also use the average property assessed value of $265,800. The pie charts and the sliders will adjust based on the amount you enter in the property value assessment field below.
Step 2: Move the sliders to either increase or decrease spending in each service or program. You can leave the slider as is if you're fine with current service levels. As you move the sliders, the impacts of your choices will appear, allowing you to make an informed decision. As you make your choices, your property tax dollar amount will change in real time to show you the impact of your funding choices on your individual tax bill.
Step 3: Fill out the Tell Us About Yourself section and hit Submit. You will be brought to your own dedicated results page, where you can compare your choices with the rest of the population.
Step 4: Share on social media!