Have your say

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!

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Parks and Playgrounds

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Parks

The City of Castlegar maintains many acres of green space, including over 15 parks, sports fields, playground equipment, greenways, the millennium ponds and picnic areas. The Parks team also maintains the trail system across the City and works with Communities in Bloom to beautify our City.

Communities in Bloom is a volunteer organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and improving quality of life through community participation.

Based on your current satisfaction level for the parks, playgrounds and trails, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Cultural Services Learn more

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Culture

The City provides funding to operate the Castlegar and District Public Library, the Heritage Society which operates the Station Museum and Zuckerberg Island, the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, the Kootenay Gallery of Art and Science and Sculpturewalk.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk has become a crowning jewel of the City. It is an outdoor exhibit of original sculptures by local and international artists, located on a pleasant walking tour in downtown Castlegar. In its eighth year of operation, the City has become known as the Sculpture Capital of Canada.

Based on your current satisfaction level for the Cultural Services program, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Police Services

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Police

The Castlegar Detachment retains 16 members: 1 sergeant, 2 corporals, 2 general investigative/crime reduction officers, and 11 constables. Three officers are designated provincial members and 13 are paid for by the municipality.

Based on your current satisfaction level for Police Services, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Fire Services and the Municipal Emergency Program

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Fire

The Castlegar Fire Department consists of a Fire Chief, two Deputy Fire Chiefs, 33 on call volunteer firefighters, two fire engines, a new 100 foot platform/pumper, an Airport Response Vehicle and a Rescue/Squad.

The Fire Department also operates the Municipal Emergency Program which is responsible for emergency measures in the City of Castlegar and provides inspection, prevention and education functions.

Based on your current satisfaction level for Fire Services and the Municipal Emergency Program, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Development Services

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Development Services

The Development Services department is responsible for land use planning, building permits and inspections, land administration and development, geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping, bylaw enforcement, business licensing as well as animal control. The departments mandate includes planning for future growth, land use and zoning policy.

Also included with this department is the City’s economic development function. The City funds various organizations such as the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce and works to create a positive investment environment to spur new and expanded commercial growth.

Given that current budget levels are at a minimum for operating the Development Services department, would you increase or decrease resources available for Economic Development initiatives?
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Transportation Services – Winter Road Maintenance

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Transportation Winter Roads

Winter road maintenance includes snow clearing from streets and sidewalks, snow removal as well as sanding and salting. City crews often work 24/7 to provide better winter conditions for drivers and pedestrians in the City. During and after heavy snowfall events, winter road maintenance is provided in accordance with the City’s snow clearing policy, with the highest priority streets being cleared first.

Based on your current satisfaction level for the Transportation Services – Winter Road Maintenance program, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Transportation Services

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Transportation

Transportation Services includes the planning, development and maintenance of roadway systems, street lighting, traffic control and other related services.

The department maintains paved roadways, lanes, sidewalks, traffic signs, parking lots, painted street lines and sweeps streets.

Based on your current satisfaction level for the Transportation Services department, would you adjust your property tax funding for this particular service area?
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Reserves for Future Capital

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Reserve future Capital

A portion of your annual tax dollars is allocated to replacing and adding key infrastructure and equipment such as roads and sidewalks.

The City’s municipal infrastructure is vital in sustaining the economic, environmental, social and cultural life of our community. The quality of life enjoyed by our citizens is directly related to the condition of the infrastructure. The goal of the City is to ensure that resources are available to build and maintain infrastructure assets to provide services to the community.

Would you adjust your annual property tax funding for Reserves for Future Capital?
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Public Health – Cemetery Operation

The City operates the Park Memorial Cemetery. Cemetery internment fees cover part of the cost to operate the cemetery and taxation covers the rest.

Would you support further increasing cemetery fees in order to reduce the cemetery’s reliance on property taxation?
"Would you support further increasing cemetery fees in order to reduce the cemetery’s reliance on property taxation?"

Garbage, Recycling and Waste Reduction

Garbage

In 2016, the City transitioned to a new solid waste management program which involved administering a recycling program as well as the garbage pickup program. The program involved picking up garbage and recycling on alternating weeks (the previous recycling program was not administered by the City). The City expected to benefit from synergy opportunities in administering a complete recycling and garbage pick-up solid waste program and lowered residential collection fees from $122 per annum, per household, to $110. These efforts paid off and the City saved more than expected. The City placed $36,000 in a recycling reserve and another $52,000 in a garbage reserve. It is the intension of the City to further adjust collection fees downward to reflect the expected cost of this self-balancing program.

An important benefit of managing a complete solid waste management program is that the City can tailor the program to meet citizen needs. In doing so it implemented a pilot Yard Waste Compost program.

The Yard Waste Compost program has been very successful but is not funded.

During 2017 public budget meetings Council asked community members if the City should keep the Yard Waste Program and if it was to be kept how it should be funded.

Community members wanted to keep the Yard Waste Program and as a temporary measure it was decided that in 2017 it would be funded by Garbage and Recycling reserves and to seek further pubic feedback on funding alternatives during 2017.

Have you used the Yard Waste Compost Facility?
"Have you used the Yard Waste Compost Facility?"
Do you think the Yard Waste Program is an important component of the overall Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste, waste reduction and environmental stewardship program?
"Do you think the Yard Waste Program is an important component of the overall Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste, waste reduction and environmental stewardship program?"
Keeping in mind that the Garbage and Recycling programs are not funded by taxation, they are funded by user fees, how would you fund the Yard Waste Program?
"Keeping in mind that the Garbage and Recycling programs are not funded by taxation, they are funded by user fees, how would you fund the Yard Waste Program?"
Please rate the overall Solid Waste Program:
"Please rate the overall Solid Waste Program:"

General Services

The general services category represents fixed costs.

This category relates to the general support of City activities and includes the costs of municipal corporate administration, finance and information technology.

For 2017, Council added a new line item into its budget. A communication budget line item in the amount of $20,000 was added to the budget to enhance communication and community engagement. The new budget has enabled the City to explore new engagement opportunities such as this survey.

Would you support a continued increase in funding for an enhanced communications and engagement program?
"Would you support a continued increase in funding for an enhanced communications and engagement program?"

Additional Questions

The City of Castlegar is responsible for infrastructure and infrastructure maintenance, protective services, cultural services, development services and general governmental administration. Water, Sewer, Storm Water and the airport are funded by separate user fees or the parcel tax.

Thinking about the operations of the City, how would you rate your overall level of satisfaction with the quality of services provided by the City of Castlegar?
"Thinking about the operations of the City, how would you rate your overall level of satisfaction with the quality of services provided by the City of Castlegar?"
As a resident of the City of Castlegar, what are the top five issues that should receive the greatest attention from your local government?
"As a resident of the City of Castlegar, what are the top five issues that should receive the greatest attention from your local government?"

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