The District of Central Saanich's Draft 2021 Financial Plan is now published for public comment. It will be presented to Council along with a summary of feedback during budget meetings in February and March; all meetings are live streamed and public participation is encouraged.
- Read the Draft 2021 Budget At-A-Glance
- Read the Full Draft 2021 Financial Plan
- Residents can also obtain a copy of the budget from Municipal Hall by phoning 250-652-4444.
- At present, the Central Saanich draft 2021 budget is balanced at $32.4 million. The District received $3,455,000 from the Canada-BC Safe Restart Grant for Local Governments to cover impacts of the pandemic on the District’s operations and cash flow. The budget is influenced by economic recovery and maintains one of the lowest business tax rates in the CRD.
- The 2021 draft budget is based on a property tax increase of 2.97%. The new costs enable the District to put away funds for future asset management/replacement, keep up with inflation, make improvements to public safety funding and build capacity in climate action, an area of focus for the District.
- Council is focused on the following priorities for 2020-2022:
- Invest in Road Safety, Transit and Safe, Accessible Active Transportation (An Active Transportation Plan is expected to be adopted in 2021 along with a financial strategy; for 2021, four projects are included in the budget subject to grant funding)
- Invest in Climate Action and a Healthy Environment (the proposed draft plan includes adding a permanent climate action staff member to lead the implementation of our Climate Leadership Plan)
- Focus on Strong Local Economy and Support Agriculture (we are maintaining one of the lowest tax rates for businesses in the CRD and investing in projects that will positively impact the local economy, such as the Saanichton Village Design Plan)
- Manage Responsible Growth (the Infill Housing regulations and Official Community Plan Review are included as special projects)
To learn more about the budget and provide feedback visit LetsTalkCentralSaanich.ca/Budget2021.
Info Session Recording
This recording of the virtual budget session on Thursday, February 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. includes a 20-min overview of the District of Central Saanich's Draft 2021 Financial Plan and a question-and-answer session.
Council budget meetings
Council meetings are being broadcast live and livestreamed on the District’s website. Residents who wish to speak or make a submission to Council can email email@example.com or call 250.652.4444 for information on how to participate in the meetings. The public can also email feedback to Council directly or have it published as part of the agenda package by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tues, Feb 16, 7 p.m. Introduction and Operations
- Tues, Feb 23, 7 p.m. Operations continued
- Mon, Mar 15, 7 p.m. Capital Plan
- Mon, Mar 29, 7 p.m. Budget Summary and Council consideration
Each year, staff and Council determine how to balance the budget and ensure the minimal necessary tax increase while funding important maintenance work and new projects. Central Saanich must balance a budget that accounts for inflation, service delivery and putting away for aging infrastructure, and investing in new roles of local government, such as climate change and emergency management.
Central Saanich offers a range of services but has limited revenue sources and we are focused on the long-term and prudent fiscal management. Services include Legislative and Administrative Services, Finance, Policing, Fire Protection, Planning, Building Inspections, Bylaw Enforcement, Community Services, Civil Engineering and Public Works Services including Roads, Drainage, Water, Sewer, and Parks.