Today I thought I'd look a total revenue received from local governments in the South of Fraser. These numbers represent total revenue from all sources like from seniors levels of government; this is not just property tax.
When you look at school districts it appears that the more population a district has, the less per capita revenue it receives. The over-crowded Surrey school district is at the bottom of the list.
Per Capita Revenue: $1,175.41
Per Capita Revenue: $1,191.75
Per Capita Revenue: $1,400.54
On the municipal side of things, Surrey once again is at the bottom of the list. This is either good news or bad news. The good news is that Surrey is the most cost effective city to live in, but it receives the least revenue per citizen which might mean less services per citizen. The City of Langley receives the most revenue per citizen and that might have something to do with the effect of its large casino in the relatively small community.
Per Capita Revenue: $1,512.04
Per Capita Total with School District: $2,687.46
Per Capita Revenue: $1,777.25
Per Capita Total with School District: $2,952.66
Township of Langley
Per Capita Revenue: $1,840.44
Per Capita Total with School District: $3,032.20
Per Capita Revenue: $1,868.99
Per Capita Total with School District: $3,269.53
City of Langley
Per Capita Revenue: $1,964.49
Per Capita Total with School District: $3,156.24
At the end of the day, it's actually very interesting that municipal government revenue is within 23% of each other. When I looked at the numbers, I didn't realize how much money is spent on education. School District budgets are pretty close to municipal budgets.