The City of Langley has published its 2012 Annual Report online. This report contains information about the progress the City has made in meeting some of its corporate goals as well as its audited 2012 financial statements. The City's key result areas are in infrastructure and economic renewal, providing a high quality of life for its residents, being accountable, and protecting its environment as well as its people.
To that end, the City highlighted the recent implementation of the city-wide kitchen organic waste collection for single-family homes. The City also mentioned the introduction of free public WiFi in key areas in Downtown Langley. On the infrastructure side, the City highlighted the Roberts Bank Corridor Program that is building the 192nd Street overpass, 196th Street overpass, and an east-west connector on 54th Avenue. The Annual Report also notes some of the new private development projects in the City. Finally, the City talked about many of the plans that it is working on including the updating of its Master Transportation Plan, and Park, Recreation, and Culture Master Plan.
On the financial side, the City was under-budget in 2012. The City predicted revenue of $42.7 million for 2012, but collected $44.1 million. The City planned $39.2 million in 2012 operating expenses, but spent $37.2 million. The only area where the City didn’t meet its budget target was for recycling and garbage collection which was likely due to the introduction of kitchen organics collection and the resulting renegotiation of waste/recycling/organics collection in the City.
One of the interesting things I found was that City taxpayers contributed $2.84 million to TransLink in 2011 and only $2.79 million in 2012.
The City will be holding a public hearing on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers for people to provide feedback on the report. More information is available on the City’s website.