Each year the Township of Langley engages its citizens during the budget process through open Council budget sessions and Budget Public Open Houses where we are available to answer questions on the budget. Last year we added a third tool for public engagement in this online citizen budget simulator.This year we are pleased to provide an expanded online citizen budget simulator to help citizens better understand the budget and garner feedback on various Township services.
There are seven service functions supported by your property taxes as indicated in the chart below. There are several programs under each service function and each year we will highlight some of these programs to help citizens fully understand the Township Budget.
A total monthly household property tax of $131.16 includes the proposed 2.79% property tax increase for 2014 based on an average house assessed at $498,000 in 2014.
Please take a few minutes to use this interactive educational tool. For each of the services, would you increase funding, decrease funding or keep funding the same? The budget is currently balanced with a 2.79% property tax increase. If you increase funding in one area, you will have to increase taxes or decrease funding in another area to keep the budget balanced.
All feedback will be summarized and provided to Township Council as part of the overall public input received during the budget process.
For more information on the Langley Policing Service function email firstname.lastname@example.org
RCMP Traffic Unit includes 12 constable positions. This unit is responsible for the investigation of all serious injury and fatal collisions and traffic enforcement with focus on those traffic offences that most frequently result in serious collisions and on those locations with the greatest number of serious collisions.
Community Policing Section is responsible for partnering with the community to identify and solve problems in an effort to prevent and reduce crime using core functions of enforcement, prevention, education, intelligence and investigation. There are four Community Police offices in the Township.
Education and prevention programs play an integral role in the Fire Division's commitment to the community. The Public Education Department provides proactive educational programs designed to promote and maintain fire safety throughout the community. Our public educators deliver presentations to schools, community groups, businesses, seniors, and at risk groups as well as provide practical hands on fire extinguisher training to industry.
In 2012 the Public Education department provided public fire and safety educational programs to over 21,000 residents and in 2013 the department launched their latest initiative called the “Home Fire Safety – Inspection Program. The Home Fire Safety – Inspection Program is a program whereby, upon request from a resident, the Township firefighters will go into the resident’s home, perform a FREE inspection and provide recommendations to reduce any potential fire hazards within the resident’s home.” For additional information on the this program or any other Township Fire Public Education programs contact us at email@example.com
For more information on the Transportation Service function email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Township maintains boulevards and planted areas totalling approximately 200,000 square meters, including cleaning and clearing of weeds and garbage as well as planting of vegetation. This work is essential to ensure a clean environment where citizens are proud to own and visitors are encouraged to come back. Research has demonstrated that sightliness in a clean environment is less conducive to criminal activity.
For more information on the Recreation and Culture Service function email email@example.com
Community grants is a program through which the Township supports non-profit community organizations with limited funding for facility improvements, community projects, festivals and events.
The Township operates two outdoor pools in Fort Langley and Aldergrove during the summer months.
The Township operates six community recreations facilities, two of which have indoor pools that operate seven days per week. These facilities offer a variety of programs which include recreation, sport, aquatics, fitness / weight training and arts and culture.
For more information on the Parks Service function email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks operating and maintenance includes grass mowing within our parks to keep grass length low, decrease weeds thus increasing safety for active play within our parks.
For more information on the Stormwater Service function email email@example.com
Operating and Maintenance funding is used for the maintenance of the Township’s over 500 km of ditches, 350 kilometers of storm sewers, as well as detention facilities, culverts, pumping stations and dykes. Service reduction would have significant impact on the effectiveness of the overall municipal drainage network with adverse impact on both public and private property.
The Township provides core funding as well as support services to Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) and other non-profit organizations engaged in activities generally related to environmental stewardship. Core funding assists with watershed protection activities, and technical support to residents and community groups for raising awareness towards environmental protection.