Pitt Meadows Tax and Utilities Rates set at 2.96% for 2018

 Media Release

 For Immediate Release
January 23, 2018
File #2018-03

 Pitt Meadows Tax and Utilities Rates set at 2.96% for 2018

 PITT MEADOWS, BC: Pitt Meadows City Council ended budget deliberations last week with a 2.96% planned increase for 2018, or an increase of $89 for the average single family home.

 Council scrutinized department operating and capital budgets, and reviewed eight budgetary decision packages, in the end approving or modifying all of them.

 The 2018 budget includes ongoing enhancements such as:

  • Pitt Meadows Library Sunday hours during the summer;
  • Pitt Meadows Senior Centre expanded Saturday hours;
  • Emergency Social Services program brought in-house;
  • Increased funding for civic engagement and public participation initiatives;
  • Installing fibre connectivity to the South Bonson Community Centre;
  • Project Engineer position dedicated to managing increased scope of capital projects

 The $10.1 million in proposed capital projects will pay for a variety of vehicle, equipment, roads, technology, parks and building projects, including:
Katzie Slough Bridge replacement;

  • Kennedy Drainage Pump replacement;
  • Sharpe Rd Watermain replacement;
  • Thompson Rd repaving;
  • Firehall building replacement (2018 site selection & architectural design)

 Additionally, work will continue on the previously approved $6.975 million Area 4 pump station replacement, which was partially funded by a grant received by the federal government.

 As in previous years, the capital plan also sets aside an additional one per cent in taxes ($192,000) for the future replacement of infrastructure.

“Although there is an increase, Pitt Meadows taxpayers will continue to pay less than the average Metro Vancouver municipal taxpayer and continue to experience enhanced city services,” said Mayor John Becker.

Council will host an information session on property assessments and taxation during a Regular Council meeting in February. City business plans and budgets are available on the City’s website and copies are available for review at City Hall and at the Pitt Meadows Library.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge
Manager of Communications and Community Engagement

City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.bc.ca
604.460-6704

 A summary of the 2018 municipal rate changes for the average single family home is illustrated below:

Charge Type

2017 Total Charges

Rate Change

2018 Total Charges

Municipal Property Taxes*

1,962

66

2,028

Diking

20

0

20

Drainage Mill Rate

79

0

79

Drainage Flat Rate

44

2

46

Solid Waste Services

158

2

160

Sewer Services

303

8

311

Water Services

442

11

453

Total Municipal Charges

3,008

89

3,097

Rate Change Total $

 

 

89

Rate Change Total %

 

 

2.96%

*Average 2017 Single Family property assessed at $674,000