West Vancouver's 2010 Budget Received Three Readings
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
West Vancouver, BC: The District of West Vancouver's 2010 Budget reflects the economic challenges and financial circumstances that our community faces. At the February 8th Council Meeting, Council had three readings of the 2010 Budget Bylaw with a 0% tax increase. Achieving this target required some tough decisions, but also enables the organization to further explore efficiencies, pursue innovation, and lead by example – concepts that are defined within the District's new Vision, Mission, and the Strategic Plan Balanced Scorecard.
"Council's support for a 0% tax increase this year sends an important message. Our Council wishes to set new priorities in a challenging economic climate. Our labour increases will be absorbed by examining staff efficiencies and attrition. We have reduced our contribution towards some capital projects. The increase to the utility bill, however, is significant in recognition of the future costs of infrastructure replacement. All municipalities face this challenge. In West Vancouver, we have begun to budget in a new economy," says Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
The Balanced Scorecard includes many initiatives that will commence in 2010 – three of which are the development of a Parks and Open Space Master Plan, and the formation of a Lands Trust to move the redevelopment of Ambleside forward. "Last year our new Council embarked on a community dialogue to create a new Vision and Mission for West Vancouver, and over the course of the year, has challenged staff and the community to agree on our goals, and to create the Balanced Scorecard to inform the budget and track how we're doing," said Chief Administrative Officer, Grant McRadu. "As a result, we are emerging as one of the most transparent and accountable communities," McRadu added.
The 2010 Budget Bylaw will be brought forward for adoption at a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:30 am in the Council Chamber.
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