Riveting stuff, this, if you’re a taxpayer. On March 14, 2016, four Sooke Councillors (Brenda Parkinson, Ebony Logins, Kerry Reay, and latecomer Kevin Pearson) and Acting Mayor (Rick Kasper) were on hand for the roll out of the proposed five year financial plan, 2016-2020.
Standard meeting stuff, with presentations from Brent Blackhall (Director, Financial Services), Gabryel Joseph (Director, C-rporate Services), Steven Sorensen (Fire Services), and Rob Howat, Director of Development Services.
A few salient points:
- Municipal generated from property taxes will go from $6,183,369 (2015) to 8,102,849 (2020)
- Per cent increase in property taxes from 2016 to 2020 are 2.35%, 4.57%, 5.59%, 2.12% and 2.37%
- There’s been a salary shuffle from Finance and Information to Corporate Services but, we are assured, the money is more or less the same
- 2018, which is an election year, sees a one-time expenditure of $25,000
- Fire department salaries will be adjusted once the collective agreement has been updated
- Sorensen made the point that to gear up and train a new recruit, it costs $10,000
- Sorensen also added that members of the volunteer fire department “earned” about $1.57 per callout
- Town improvements include sidewalks from Otter Point to the Hope building, and addressing road flooding
- District fleet is aging, and as they age, they require more maintenance
Keep in mind that this is a proposed financial plan. Access the proposed Financial Plan here.
Acting Mayor Kasper noted that Special Council Meetings will be held on March 21, 22, and 23 to further discuss the budget.
At the time that SPN posted this, the video replay of the council meeting was not available. As soon as it it, we will add a link here.