City seeks input on proposed 2022 budget
Following two days of deliberations, City of Castlegar Council approved a Draft 2022 Budget and is now seeking community input.
The budget will result in 5.66 per cent tax increase for residential properties and 5.75 per cent for business and light industrial properties. This equates to $64.96 annually, or approximately $5.41 per month, for the City portion on an average single-detached home tax bill in Castlegar. City taxes are only one portion of a property tax bill, which also includes amounts the City collects on behalf of the Province of British Columbia, the Regional District, school and library levies.
The Draft 2022 Budget focuses on maintaining essential services that residents rely on the City to provide everyday. The approved budget ensures that the City can continue to advance Council’s priorities outlined in the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. It allows the City to fund key infrastructure and services, including:
- Implementing recommendations from the Downtown Area Plan
- Continuing to renew key infrastructure on Columbia Avenue
- Comprehensive planning to address issues at the South Sewage Treatment Plan
- Implementing recommendations from the Castlegar Housing Strategy
- Implementing recommendations from the Regional Economic Development Strategy
“The City will continue building the foundation for a prosperous and growing community by putting short and long-term strategies into action,” says Director of Financial Services, Ola Oladele. “The Draft 2022 Budget ensures the City is financially poised to take advantage of future opportunities.”
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Join us for an online public open house Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. You can find the login information on castlegar.ca.
Residents can watch the recordings of the 2022 Draft Budget deliberations at castlegar.ca/budget.
The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.