Port Coquitlam, BC – MAY 3, 2017… Port Coquitlam moved ahead with its planned 2017-2018 budget this week, while also addressing public demand for road repairs and sidewalks.
Tuesday night, Council gave three readings to the 2017-2021 Financial Plan Bylaw and related bylaws, to be adopted at a special meeting Thursday. Although the budget reflects what was presented during the budget public consultation in March and April, Council also decided this week to spend $88,000 more on road and pothole repairs in 2017 and $500,000 more on sidewalks in 2018 based on the feedback received.
The additional funding will come from reserve accounts so won’t affect this year’s 4.23
Total taxes and levies for an average Port Coquitlam home assessed at $682,859 (the average value of both single-family and
For the average single-family home (assessed at $883,239), the increase will be $131.03. An average townhouse ($445,083) will pay $94.70 more, and an average apartment ($336,660) $73.04 more. Even with the increases, Port Coquitlam’s taxes and levies remain below the regional average.
Roads and sidewalks were key issues for the 640 people who took part in the City’s budget consultation this year, in part a response to the deterioration caused by this winter’s severe weather. About 58
The public feedback also showed that more than two-thirds (68
In addition, 87
The 2017-2018 budget maintains the city’s ongoing focus on infrastructure, community
- About $29 million for city-wide road, sidewalk and utility upgrades,
- Funding for the Community Recreation Complex, a vibrant community hub that will bring new and enhanced amenities,
- Three more officers for the Uniformed Crime Reduction Unit dedicated to Port
Coquitlam,added to the four officers added in 2016,
- Five new firefighters in 2017 and two more in 2018 to keep up with increasing call volume,
- Development of a long-term sustainable infrastructure management plan,
- A new community garden that will encourage participation by people of all ages,
- Support for PoCo Sports Alliance service delivery and community
- Expansion of the Pianos on the Street program in 2018.
Other budget highlights include:
- Completion of the Official Community Plan update, including public consultation,
- Economic development activities such as updating the Downtown Action Plan and developing a new Northside Commercial Plan,
- Increasing events and programs at Leigh Square and enhancing marketing for arts, culture and recreation services,
- Hosting of the PoCo Grand Prix in downtown Port Coquitlam,
- Technology improvements including the launch of an overhauled city website, development of a comprehensive city mobile app, upgrades to the recreational registration software, new software to improve records management, and exploration of technological innovation in partnership with TELUS,
- Coordination of the municipal and school board election in 2018,
- Update of the Environmental Strategic Plan, and
- Update of the Disaster Recovery Directory to identify services available after a disaster.
As in previous years, the budget also added the equivalent of one
Offsetting the 2017 expenditures is more than $403,000 in cost reductions (close to 0.5
Using a new two-year format to improve efficiency and long-term planning, the budget also projects 2018 tax and levy increases, although those figures will be finalized next year. The current projections are for a 3.51
For more information about the budget, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/budget or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.927.5280.
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For additional information, contact:
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam