Left to right: Coun. Ron Paull, Coun. Tony Goulet, Coun.Scott Elliot and Mayor Bob Simpson at a Quesnel City Council meeting on March 5. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Taxes to increase for Quesnel homeowners in 2019

Quesnel City Council passed the operating budget March 5

City councillors approved the 2019 operating budget for the City of Quesnel at a council meeting on March 5.

At the meeting, Kari Bolton, director of corporate and financial services for the City, presented a report with a detailed overview of the operating budget.

While the report shows a seven-per-cent increase in total taxation collected, it stated council is looking at options to fund one-time supplemental requests from other sources, which will bring the tax increase for the year down to 4.9 per cent.

This 4.9-per-cent tax increase amounts to an uptick of $41.29 on the average household’s tax bill, which is based on the average residence being worth approximately $200,659.

For those looking to do the math on their own properties, the tax will be about $20.58 per $100,000.

For reference, assessments for the average properties in Quesnel increased by eight per cent in 2019.

The majority of this year’s tax increase in Quesnel, around 3.1 per cent, will be allocated to the new Public Works facility.

The final steps of the budget process will be receiving the final assessments from BC Assessment, reviewing options for the 2018 surplus, setting the tax rates and finalizing the tax rate bylaw and the five-year financial plan bylaw before the May 15 deadline.

The budget overview provides information on the general operating budget, water operating fund, sewer operating fund, solid waste operating fund, transit operating fund, airport operating fund, forestry initiative fund and departmental budgets for core City services; which include legislative and community support, City manager and corporate services, community services, planning and development services, RCMP, as Public Works and engineering.

READ MORE: City of Quesnel’s online budget survey is open until Jan 30


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