Creating our Future – City of Williams Lake Citizen Budget Consultation 2018

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The City of Williams Lake invites you to use this interactive budget simulator to help us understand your priorities and provide feedback on various municipal services.

The budget process highlights the choices that must be made that directly impact the taxes you pay and the level of services the City can provide. This exercise allows you to experience the types of decisions City Council makes when choosing between what the community wants and needs versus what we can afford.

Your feedback will inform the City’s 2018 budget deliberations and Council’s strategic priorities.

Thank you for your participation!

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Enter your property assessment value in the box below to see proposed investment of your tax dollars in the City of Williams Lake. You may also use the average property assessed value of $209,000 which is the default amount.

Step 2: Review each service description, then move the slider to the (+) side to increase your contribution or to the (-) side to decrease your contribution to indicate the desired amount of tax dollars that you feel should be allocated to that service.

Step 3: After answering all the questions submit your choices and view your results.

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Community Services (Recreation and Cultural)

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The Community Services provide a wide range of recreational and cultural programs, activities and opportunities addressing community health and wellness and enhancing the quality of life of the citizens of Williams Lake. The department manages the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex (which is funded by property taxes collected for CRD), develops and maintains walking and biking trails throughout the City and River Valley, green spaces in the City, community parks, water spray park, sport fields for soccer, softball and other leisure activities.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Community Services?
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Development Services

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The Development Services has a key role in creating and maintaining a strong sustainable community. Land development decisions are based on social, environmental and economic perspectives. Programs are directed at encouraging industrial and commercial investments, and creating diverse employment opportunities. The department is responsible for design and expansion of the City’s infrastructure, keeping pace with growth of the community.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding to Development Services?
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Municipal Administration

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The Municipal Administration provides overall management of the operations of the municipality, ensuring that the policies and directions of the City Council are implemented, advising and informing the Council and public on the operation and affairs of the municipality. The functional areas include Corporate Administration, Legislative Services, Human Resources, Finance and Purchasing, Information Technology.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Municipal Administration?
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Municipal Services (Public Works)

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The Municipal Services provide and maintain a number of essential services and infrastructure for the City. This includes maintenance of streets, sidewalks and lights, street sweeping, snow and ice removal, management of the City’s fleet, parks operations, cemetery operations, building maintenance, water, sewer, and airport operations (water, sewer and airport are not funded by property taxes).

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Public Works?
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Police (RCMP)

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The Williams Lake RCMP is responsible for policing services in the city and the surrounding area. Dedicated to the safety and security of local citizens, the RCMP works to reduce crime and disorder through education and enforcement. The City also delivers Victim Services to all victims of crime and trauma providing support and empowering victims to move from crisis to confidence.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Police (RCMP) Services?
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Protective Services (Fire Department and Bylaw)

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Protective Services include Williams Lake Fire Department and Bylaw.

The Williams Lake Fire Department provides fire protection in our community and region. The Fire Department’s service extends to fire prevention and investigations, public education, fire safety inspections, motor vehicle accidents, rescue and fire suppression activities.

In addition to fire protection, Protective Services also provides Bylaw Services. The City’s bylaw officers enforce municipal bylaws such as animal control, traffic and parking, unsightly premises and noise and provide public education to keeping the City clean, healthy and safe for all.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Protective Services?
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Public Transit

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Public transit is an effective way to move people and reduce traffic and parking challenges. The Williams Lake Transit system operates 4 fixed routes, handyDART and Health Connection services. While transit users pay fares to ride, this covers only a portion of the annual transit costs. Budget decisions could affect the routes and frequency of transit availability.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Public Transit?
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Roads

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The City of Williams Lake spends significant amounts per year maintaining our road network and utilizes a variety of techniques and equipment to repair, rehabilitate and reconstruct roads.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding to Roads?
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Waste Management and Recycling

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The City provides the residents with the sustainable and environmentally friendly solid waste management, including waste reduction, recycling programs and landfill management.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Waste Management and Recycling?
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Debt Management

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The City borrowed $12 million to construct new municipal facilities, build City infrastructure and purchase equipment. The City budgets to repay the debt and interest.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain City borrowing?
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Municipal Property Taxes

Annual property taxes are one of the largest revenue sources for the City, and are critical to providing programs and services in the community. Tax rates are set annually by the City Council and vary, depending on the property's type or use.


Would you increase, decrease or maintain the municipal property tax rates?

Residential Property Tax Rates (currently 5.79 per $1,000 of assessed value)
Major Industry Property Tax Rates (currently $108.75 per $1,000 of assessed value)
Light Industry Property Tax Rates (currently $50.08 per $1,000 of assessed value)
Business Property Tax Rates (currently $13.04 per $1,000 of assessed value)
Recreational Property Tax Rates (currently $18.86 per $1,000 of assessed value)

Summary of Your Choices

Funding the City Services

Changing Municipal Property Taxes

Feedback//Comments

Do you have additional feedback or comments about the City’s budget?

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  • If you would like your individual responses and opinions presented to the City Council, please enter your name, Williams Lake address and e-mail (optional). Anonymous individual comments or comments from non-residents will not be presented to the City Council.

    If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".