Monday, June 17, 2024

2023 Municipal Taxes and Fees Per Capita in Metro Vancouver

Property Tax Notice

Every year, the provincial government releases information on property tax for every municipality in BC. I wanted to look at some of the information provided, which I then calculated on a per capita basis.

The first table shows the total residential municipal property tax per capita, based on the provincial government's "Schedule 707."

Name Residential Property Tax*
West Vancouver $1,815
Bowen Island $1,787
Lions Bay $1,466
Belcarra $1,371
White Rock $1,271
Anmore $1,084
Port Moody $1,011
North Vancouver District $941
Vancouver $864
Maple Ridge $862
Pitt Meadows $806
Coquitlam $783
Delta $780
Langley Township $771
New Westminster $770
Richmond $741
North Vancouver City $735
Port Coquitlam $681
Langley City $645
Burnaby $616
Surrey $507

The following table shows total taxes and fees per capita across all property types. It also includes school, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, and other agency property taxes, plus water, sewer, and garbage fees. This table is based on the provincial government's "Sechuled 703."

Name Total Taxes and Fees*
Belcarra $4,696.88
West Vancouver $4,017.67
Bowen Island $3,554.82
Lions Bay $3,329.90
Delta $3,129.97
Richmond $2,975.72
Anmore $2,950.52
Pitt Meadows† $2,928.00
North Vancouver District $2,917.63
Vancouver $2,807.49
Port Moody $2,793.09
White Rock $2,650.31
Burnaby $2,551.18
North Van City $2,443.59
Langley Twsp $2,432.14
Port Coquitlam $2,422.21
New Westminster‡ $2,360.61
Coquitlam $2,326.76
Langley City $2,297.15
Maple Ridge $2,023.32
Surrey $1,981.10

*Per Capita
‡Excluded New Westminster Municipal Electric Utility
†Data from Pitt Meadows 2023 Annual Report

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Stay Informed this Summer With Air Quality Advisory Updates

With summer upon us, we are entering the air quality advisory season. Climate change has caused an increasing frequency and severity of wildfire smoke and heat waves. Throughout the province, we are experiencing droughts.

Example of Metro Vancouver air quality map. Select the map to enlarge.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District is responsible for monitoring and issuing air quality advisories. This year, they are upgrading these advisories to make them easier to understand and including actions people can take when under an air quality advisory.

Air quality advisories by type between 2004-2034. Select the chart to enlarge.

Actions include:

  • Taking it easy and limiting outdoor activities. If you must be outside where an N95-type mask
  • Running portable air cleaners
  • Continuing to manage pre-existing chronic health conditions such as asthma, COPD or other lung diseases, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Protecting outdoor workers by finding alternate duties indoors, providing N95-type masks, and giving frequent breaks. Disconutinung work if required
  • Providing indoor space for people who are unhoused
  • Reducing indoor sources of air pollution (i.e., smoking and vacuuming)
  • Implementing solutions to reduce smoke from entering and staying in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings

You can find the latest air quality updates at http://airmap.ca/. You can also sign up for air quality advisories, bulletins, and updates to be delivered to your email inbox at https://metrovancouver.org/services/air-quality-climate-action/mailing-list.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Langley City's 2023 Annual Report Released

Langley City 2023 Annual Report Cover

Like all municipalities in BC, Langley City prepares an annual report. The City just published its 2023 Annual Report, which is now available online. The report contains information about Langley City's organizational structure and each department. It explains each department's purpose, key accomplishments in 2023, and plans for 2024.

For example, the report explains that the Recreation, Culture, and Community Services Department manages community events and recreation facilities and collaborates with other government and partner organizations to support people's social, economic, environmental, physical, and mental well-being.

Three of the eight accomplishments for this department in 2023 include:

  • Welcoming 27,696 participants at single session (drop-in) fitness classes, an increase from 19,910 participants in 2022.
  • Increasing youth drop-ins by 1,000 in 2023, both in social and sports activities.
  • Continuing to expand lesson registration opportunities at Al Anderson Memorial Outdoor Pool.

The report also includes information on permissive tax exemptions granted and community grants awarded in 2023. As required, the annual report also states that no member of Langley City Council was disqualified from holding office in 2023.

Finally, the report contains Langley City's audited financial statements for 2023.

I invite you to read the report. You can formally provide feedback on the annual report in person at Langley City Council's June 17, 2024 meeting, by sending an email, or by writing a letter. More information on how to provide feedback is on Langley City's website.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

June 3 Council Notes: 2024-28 Financial Plan Update Approved. Traffic Fine Revenues Received.

As I've been posting for the last little bit, Langley City Council has been going through the approval process of updating our 2024-2028 Financial Plan due to changes in our capital projects plan and to reflect the estimated debt servicing costs to support the $15 million loan approval process throughout the financial plan's life. Council gave final reading and adopted the amended 2024-2028 Financial Plan at its June 3rd meeting. You can learn about the updated capital projects in a previous post.

In 2004, the Province began returning 100% of traffic fine revenue to local governments. At the time, Langley City Council directed this funding back toward the RCMP, which continues to help fund three RCMP members.

Langley City recently received our 2023 payment from the provincial government of $473,000. At its last meeting, City Council thanked the Province. The following table shows the revenue received in previous years.

2018 - $452,388
2019 - $475,823
2020 - $600,619
2021 - $534,333
2022 - $453,396

I'd like to see this revenue go down year over year as it would show that we are designing safer roads and that people are also driving safer.