Langley's 2017 Budget consultation

As part of the 2017 budget public consultation process, the Township of Langley invites you to use the interactive budget simulator to help us understand your priorities and feedback on various civic services. The objective of the simulator is to encourage budget related feedback and help citizens gain a better understanding of the budget.

The Township collects moneys on behalf of other agencies, such as the Province of BC for school taxes, which are not included in this simulation.

As indicated in Section A below, there are seven public service and five internal functions supported by your Township property tax dollar. There are also three functions supported by user fees from households subscribing to water, sewer, and solid waste services as indicated in Section B below.

Thank you for your participation!

A - Services Supported by Property Taxes

The Draft 2017 Budget includes a 1.95% base property tax increase. Below are ten (10) budget items for consideration with the property tax impact noted beside each item for a property valued at $596,845.

Budget item
Tax increase (%)
Tax increase ($)
Annual total ($)
Base Property Tax Increase
+ 1.95%
$36
$1,901
1. Facility Infrastructure Capital - Increase
+ 0.34%
$6
-
2. Transportation Infrastructure Capital - Increase
+ 0.26%
$5
-
3. Roads Paving Program increase
+ 0.22%
$4
-
4. Balancing Growth/Community Needs - Add (Social Planner, Development Engineer, Support)
+ 0.23%
$4
-
5. Fire Fighters for Rescue Truck - Add
+ 0.14%
$3
-
6. Parks Infrastructure Capital Increase
+ 0.09%
$2
-
7. Information Technology Capital - Increase
+ 0.09%
$2
-
8. Safety Coordinator - Add
+ 0.11%
$2
-
9. Fitness Equipment Replacement Reserve - Establish
+ 0.04%
$1
-
10. Bylaw Officer - Add
+ 0.04%
$1
-

B - Services Supported by User Pay Fees

Fee change (%)
Fee change ($)
Annual total ($)
Water Services
1.55%
$7.65
$500.97
Sewer Services
5.93%
$23.68
$423.02
Solid Waste Services
0.00%
$0.00
$290.00

Getting Started

Please take a few minutes to use this interactive tool which has four sections as follows:

  1. Services Supported by Property Taxes
  2. This section asks you to indicate whether you would increase funding, decrease funding, or keep funding the same for each of the services? The budget is currently balanced through a 1.95% property tax increase. If you increase funding in one area, taxes will automatically increase unless you decrease funding in another area to keep the budget balanced.

    To find out about your personal breakdown of the property taxes, please enter your property value as found on your Property Tax Statement or BC Assessment Notice, or you can use the average property value of $596,845 to see the distribution for the average property.

  3. Services Supported by Property Taxes – Proposed Property Tax Increase
  4. This section asks if you would support or not support the proposed core property tax increase and tax increases for each of the ten decision items listed above in Section A.

  5. Services Supported by User Pay Fees and Proposed User Fee Increases
  6. This section asks if you would support or not support the proposed user fee increases for the three user pay service functions.

  7. Top of Mind Issues
  8. This section asks some top of mind questions.

All feedback will be summarized and provided to Township Mayor and Council as part of the overall public input received during the budget process. We appreciate your interest in engaging in this annual budget consultation process and we value your contributions.

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1. SERVICES SUPPORTED BY PROPERTY TAXES

Police Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $28,425,745 or 24%
Total representative house taxes = $38.16/month

The Langley RCMP is the primary agency responsible for public safety in the Township. The members take pride in keeping the community safe through prevention, education, and intelligence-led enforcement. Through the use of the most modern analytical tools available, Langley RCMP targets the most prolific offenders, and problem areas, in the most efficient manner. They also work closely with many community partners to solve complex issues.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Police?
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Fire Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $15,234,991 or 13%
Total representative house taxes = $20.45/month

Committed to protecting life, property, and the environment, the Township’s Fire Division consists of 218 personnel – 80 career and 118 paid-call suppression members who respond to fires, vehicle crashes, and other emergency situations. There are also 20 non-suppression staff who provide emergency preparedness and public education programs, conduct fire investigations/inspections, and deliver training to staff, public, and other agencies.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Fire?
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Transportation Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $20,105,208 or 17%
Total representative house taxes = $26.99/month

Transportation Engineering services provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and vehicles by issuing permits related to road works and usage, overseeing road construction projects, constructing road improvements, and coordinating traffic safety.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Transportation?
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Recreation and Culture Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $9,429,104 or 8%
Total representative house taxes = $12.66/month

Creating and supporting active, healthy lifestyles for our residents and guests is at the forefront of Recreation and Culture. The division strives to improve health and encourage active lifestyles by offering indoor and outdoor services for all ages, skills, and interests. Four departments deliver programs, manage facilities, hold special public events, work with community partners and stakeholders, prepare bi-annual Leisure Guide publication and communications, and oversee public registration for its programs.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Recreation and Culture?
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Facilities Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $8,876,763 or 8%
Total representative house taxes = $11.92/month

Facilities department is responsible for the ongoing maintenance, operation, energy management, safety, and capital investment for all Township facilities.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Facilities?
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Parks Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $10,758,981 or 9%
Total representative house taxes = $14.44/month

Parks Design and Development provides park administration services including facility bookings, field allocations, sport, and special events coordination. The department plans and designs the development of public parks, including playing fields, playgrounds, passive areas, streetscapes, greenways, and trails. The department develops park plans with public consultation and provides project and construction management services for the development and renewal of park assets.

Parks Operations is responsible for operations within active and passive parks, public open spaces, trails, civic building grounds, and cemeteries. The department includes asset management, turf maintenance, infrastructure maintenance, cemetery services, and the oversight and maintenance of the municipality’s urban forest and public landscaping/horticulture within the parks system, conservation areas, and undeveloped public open spaces.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Parks?
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Stormwater or Surface Drainage Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $6,476,292 or 5%
Total representative house taxes = $8.69/month

The abundance of rain in the Township keeps our lands and fields green, and recharges aquifers. Excess runoff feeds our creeks and watercourses – which are important habitats for salmonids and other fish species. Man-made changes to the landscape result in a need to manage the runoff to control erosion and flooding.

Stormwater Services provides for and looks after the infrastructure that removes excess rainwater from properties and roads. In urban areas, this is typically done in underground pipes or surface greenways leading to detention ponds. In rural areas, it is ditches and culverts that carry stormwater flows. In lowland areas, the service function includes dykes and drainage pump stations.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Stormwater or Surface Drainage?
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General Government Learn more

Your choice

Draft 2017 net property taxes = $18,688,974
See breakdown below

The category consists of:

  • Community Development, Property and Admin (5%, $7.37/month)
  • Information Technology (5%, $7.25/month)
  • Finance (3%, $5.17/month)
  • Legislative Services (including Mayor and Council) (2%, $3.36/month)
  • Human Resources (1%, $1.95/month)
  • Community Development Division provides leadership for the development of a sustainable community, focussing on creating sustainable neighbourhoods that meet the needs of residents and businesses now and in the future. This division helps manage growth while respecting the environment and protecting our heritage.

    Corporate Administration (including Property Services), Human Resources, and Finance divisions provide advisory, information, and service functions to the Township.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for General Government?
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2. SERVICES SUPPORTED BY PROPERTY TAXES - PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASES

Property Taxes

Thinking about all the programs and services you receive from the Township of Langley, what overall value do you feel you receive for your tax dollars?
"Thinking about all the programs and services you receive from the Township of Langley, what overall value do you feel you receive for your tax dollars?"

Universal Services

Your choice

Universal Services includes Parks, Transportation Utility, Stormwater Utility, and General (which includes Fire, Police, Recreation & Culture, Facilities, and General Government).

The 2017 proposed property tax increase of 1.95% will provide funding for non-discretionary expenditure increases for salaries and wages, RCMP contracts, utility contracts, service and maintenance contracts, and other operating costs.

Do you support the proposed property tax increase?
$0
-$0
$0

Facility Infrastructure capital funding Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering increasing the annual funding envelope for Facility Infrastructure capital projects by $387,300 with a corresponding property tax increase of 0.34%.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
-$0
$0
Please indicate your support for the proposed increase.
"Please indicate your support for the proposed increase. "

Transportation Infrastructure capital funding

Your choice

Council is considering increasing the annual funding envelope for Transportation Infrastructure capital projects by $300,000 with a corresponding property tax increase of 0.26%.

Township's Transportation Utility funds capital projects related to roads, bridges, paving, and pedestrian improvements. In 2015, it was determined that the level of funding, $547,000, was unsustainable. It is currently projected that more than $10M annual funding is required to fund Transportation related capital projects.

Council is working to incrementally increase the annual contribution to capital for transportation infrastructure. The amount being considered for 2017 will result in an annual contribution of $1,550,000. An increase annually thereafter is a small & necessary step to both adequately sustain existing infrastructure and construct new infrastructure to meet the transportation needs of our growing community.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
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$0
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Road paving additional increase Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering increasing the amount for paving roads by $250,000 with a corresponding property tax increase of 0.22%.

The concept and overall objective of the pavement management program is to deal with minor deterioration as soon as possible to extend the life of the pavement structure for as long as possible before costly replacement is required.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
-$0
$0
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Balancing Growth and Community Needs

Your choice

Council is considering the addition of:

  • Social Planning $103,519
  • The Sustainability Charter has an objective to respond to community and social needs. The OCP has policies to provide a wide range of housing options. A planner would provide professional expertise and co-ordination for social planning, an unmet organization need, and would foster a consistent social planning “voice” in the community and provide professional support for local groups.

  • Development Engineering $98,460
  • Demand for development inspection services continues to increase as the Township grows.

  • Support Clerk $58,318
  • Currently one Support Clerk is assigned to the Bylaw Department. Approximately 100 calls/month go to voicemail, and well over 100 calls/month are missed. Calls are forwarded to voicemail to allow the clerk to respond to walk in customers, email inquiries, return voicemails, input calls for service and tickets, set up adjudication files, process ticket payments and liaise with ICBC. File follow-ups and letters are delayed thus slowing down the process of obtaining compliance. Many administrative tasks are not being completed throughout the division due to lack of clerical staff (records management, file archival, digitization).

…with a corresponding tax increase of 0.23%.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
-$0
$0
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Firefighters Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering the addition of six (6) firefighters. If they go ahead with this request, the first four (4) will come on board August 1, 2016 for $163,009 with a corresponding tax increase in 2017 of 0.14%. The remaining two (2) will be added in 2018.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
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Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Park Infrastructure capital funding Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering increasing the annual funding envelope for park infrastructure capital projects that are not part of the Park Development Cost Charge program by $100,000 with a corresponding property tax increase of 0.09%.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
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$0
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Information Technology capital funding Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering increasing the annual funding envelope for Information Technology capital projects by $100,000 with a corresponding property tax increase of 0.09%.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
$0
-$0
$0
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Safety Coordinator Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering the addition of a Safety Coordinator for $120,028 with a corresponding tax increase of 0.11%.

With the growth in the Township and the every changing regulatory requirements imposed by WorksafeBC, additional assistance is required.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
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Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Fitness Equipment capital funding Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering the establishment of a fitness equipment reserve fund that will provide ongoing funding for the replacement of cardiovascular and strength equipment at all fitness facilities. An annual contribution of $125,000 ($50,000 in 2017; $75,000 in 2018) is being considered with a corresponding tax increase of 0.04%.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
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Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

Bylaw Officer Learn more

Your choice

Council is considering the addition of a Bylaw Officer with a corresponding tax increase in 2017 of 0.04% to be annualized in 2018.

Hit the switch to see the impact on your annual tax bill.
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Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase.
"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed tax increase."

3. SERVICES SUPPORTED BY USER PAY FEES - PROPOSED USER FEE INCREASES

Water Learn more

Draft 2017 net user fees = $19,347,886
Total user fee per household subscribing to the water service = $41.75/month

Township of Langley’s water infrastructure includes over 500 km of water main, 2,500 fire hydrants, 20,000 service connections, 10 reservoirs, 20 wells, 35 pump stations, and a major water treatment facility. The Engineering Division is responsible for the safe and efficient supply, distribution, and delivery of clean potable water to the community.

Please indicate which water system you use on your property.
"Please indicate which water system you use on your property."
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed user fee increase. Learn more

The 2017 proposed property user fee increase of 1.55% will provide funding for non-discretionary expenditure increases for salaries and wages, utility contracts, service and maintenance contracts, debt repayment, and operating costs for the water infrastructure.

"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed user fee increase. "

Sewer Learn more

Draft 2017 net user fees = $14,207,433
Total user fee per household subscribing to the sewer service = $35.25/month

The Engineering Division is responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of the municipal sanitary sewerage system. This includes the collection and conveyance of discharge from homes and businesses to the regional facilities for treatment. The Township’s municipal sanitary sewerage system consists of over 350 km of sewer pipes, 15,000 service connections, and 27 pump stations.

Please indicate which Sewer system you use on your property.
"Please indicate which Sewer system you use on your property."
Please indicate your level of support for the proposed user fee increase. Learn more

The 2017 proposed property user fee increase of 5.93% will provide funding for non-discretionary expenditure increases for salaries and wages, utility contracts, service and maintenance contracts, debt repayment, and operating costs for the sewer infrastructure.

"Please indicate your level of support for the proposed user fee increase."

Solid Waste (Garbage Collection) Learn more

Draft 2017 net user fees = $6,700,533
Total user fee per household subscribing to the solid waste service = $24.17/month

This is a functional section within the Strategic Initiatives Department of the Engineering Division of the Township of Langley, responsible for collection services related to garbage, yard trimmings, recyclables, and managing an annual hazardous waste collection program, which includes sustainable community initiatives aimed at public education, intended to encourage reduction of waste volumes and thereby reducing the impact to the environment.

Please indicate which solid waste system you use on your property
"Please indicate which solid waste system you use on your property"

4. TOP OF MIND ISSUES

In your view, as a resident of the Township of Langley, what are the three (3) most important issues facing your community that you feel should receive the greatest attention from your local leaders?
"In your view, as a resident of the Township of Langley, what are the three (3) most important issues facing your community that you feel should receive the greatest attention from your local leaders?"
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