Budget 2024

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It's budget time and the District of Sechelt is currently planning projects and services for 2024. Each year staff prepare an annual operating and capital budget for Council to consider. We want your feedback on where the District should spend tax dollars, and ideas on how to balance the budget, while still maintaining core services and programs to meet the needs of residents and businesses.

The Financial Plan, or Budget, pays for the services provided by the District of Sechelt, including bylaw enforcement, parks, festivals and cultural programs, and much more. The budget must also fund the capital expenses, including, for example, public facilities and roadwork. Only the services most needed by our residents are maintained and improved where necessary.

Like any household or business, the municipality is challenged with increased costs when developing the annual budget. Unlike households or businesses, local governments must balance the budget and are not permitted to run a deficit.

How to get involved and share your feedback

  • Complete the survey by Sunday, October 1, 2023. (Enter to win a $25 gift certificate for completing)
  • Contact the Mayor and Council directly to provide feedback via Mayor and Council email
  • Attend an Online Public Information session (noted below)
  • Attend and share at a Council budget meeting this winter
  • Share these opportunities with your communities

Your feedback will be collected and presented to Council in a public report later this year.

The next Online Public Information sessions will take place online on Tuesday, January 16 at:

Watch the first public information session from November 28th here on our YouTube channel.

It's budget time and the District of Sechelt is currently planning projects and services for 2024. Each year staff prepare an annual operating and capital budget for Council to consider. We want your feedback on where the District should spend tax dollars, and ideas on how to balance the budget, while still maintaining core services and programs to meet the needs of residents and businesses.

The Financial Plan, or Budget, pays for the services provided by the District of Sechelt, including bylaw enforcement, parks, festivals and cultural programs, and much more. The budget must also fund the capital expenses, including, for example, public facilities and roadwork. Only the services most needed by our residents are maintained and improved where necessary.

Like any household or business, the municipality is challenged with increased costs when developing the annual budget. Unlike households or businesses, local governments must balance the budget and are not permitted to run a deficit.

How to get involved and share your feedback

  • Complete the survey by Sunday, October 1, 2023. (Enter to win a $25 gift certificate for completing)
  • Contact the Mayor and Council directly to provide feedback via Mayor and Council email
  • Attend an Online Public Information session (noted below)
  • Attend and share at a Council budget meeting this winter
  • Share these opportunities with your communities

Your feedback will be collected and presented to Council in a public report later this year.

The next Online Public Information sessions will take place online on Tuesday, January 16 at:

Watch the first public information session from November 28th here on our YouTube channel.

Questions

Have a question about the Budget? Please ask and we'll do our best to answer. 

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    When will we improve the situation with the continuous water shortages? It is my understanding that there is a way to fix the situation however year after year there is nothing resolved with this problem. Perhaps a moratorium on the amount of new housing could be a factor in assisting in a resolution. Shall we talk about the ferries? I know this is outside your abilities to manage but some input from local government about the ridiculous reservation system now in place could be addressed. Thank you very much!

    Liz asked about 1 month ago

    With regards to drinking water and supply, it is out of the Municipality's jurisdiction, although we do work, advocate and take guidance from the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the authority that oversees water to the region. 

    BC Ferries is not part of the municipality's jurisidiction either, but Mayor and Council have advocated for better services. Mayor and and two members of Council even travelled to Victoria to meet with the CEO of BC Ferries on this very issue.

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    Parks: 2 F/T positions requested. Question: What will these additional F/T staff do during the slow winter months? If we need extra summer positions have staff considered the high school Work Experience 12A & 12B programs?

    tillicum asked 2 months ago

    We currently have work for staff and additional staff year-round. These jobs require experience, education/training and expertise in horticulture and arboriculture. One role is for a full time labourer (which we do have work for year-round) and a role for someone who is specialized in field maintenance and irrigation. Each year we hire summer students from secondary and post secondary schools.

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    Non-Potable Fill Station Dusty Rd.: Question: Who is this for and what is the rationale?

    tillicum asked 2 months ago

    As the Coast faces water shortages each summer, staff are trying to find solutions that might help. There is an exsiting well at Dusty Road. If approved, the fill station could be a fill station for public use, District operations, and potentially contractors. It could also be a water source for food growing and industrial operations.

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    Please identify the DOS contribution, if any, required with the various grants specified within the New 2024 Additional Operating Requests listed in the 2023-12-08 COW Agenda. Additionally, please identify which grants have been received by the DOS and which grants have yet to be granted.

    tillicum asked 2 months ago

    There won't be further DOS contribution to the additional operating requests in 2024. All grants have been received except for the Housing Accelerator Fund grant which we look forward to hearing about in the new year. 

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    How many of the items to be funded in 2024 with the COVID-19 Restart Fund will have ongoing yearly costs? If ongoing costs are expected what will these costs be in future years and how will they be funded?

    tillicum asked 2 months ago

    There are no ongoing yearly costs from the additional operating requests list. 

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    Distict-wide Accessibility Upgrades. Question: Who will be consulted on the type, priority and applicability of the proposed upgrades?

    tillicum asked 2 months ago

    A Coast-wide committee has been created (Sechelt, SCRD and Gibsons). They will decide who will be consulted. 

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    Has there been provision made to resurface Trail from Surf Circle up towards the Arena?

    DLY asked 4 months ago

    We rely on grants for larger projects, like full repaving would be. Although we applied for a grant for upper Trail portion at the same time as the grant for the lower portion of Trail, we only received the grant money for the portion between downtown and Surf Circle. We continue to apply for grants for the upper section of Trail. Fingers crossed!

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