2021-2025 Financial Plan

2021-2025 Financial Plan

We’re planning our 2021 budget and want to know what matters to you! The City’s annual budget is part of a five-year financial plan that sets out the planned services and initiatives for the next five years, and how the City will pay for them.

Read more about the annual budget development process.

2021 Budget: Have Your Say by January 17

Public consultation on the draft 2021 budget will take place from Dec. 14, 2020 to Jan. 17, 2021 and include the following:

  • Annual Budget at a Glance mailout with survey, delivered to properties before Christmas.
  • More detailed information and an online version of the survey on this webpage (see below).
  • Our new Let’s Talk PoCo engagement tool – see below.

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Register by Jan. 31, 2021 to be entered in a draw for a $50 gift card to a Port Coquitlam business of your choice and a basket of City swag.

 

Learn More About the 2021 Draft Budget

The draft 2021 budget maintains the City’s focus on getting the basis right – core municipal services – and recognizes the pandemic’s financial impact on local property owners.

A modest increase is planned is coupled with the elimination of the $25 parcel tax collected for the past four years to help fund the Port Coquitlam Community Centre Construction, and investments in services requested by residents. The prudent budget will come on the heels of a zero per cent tax increase in 2020 for the average home, the result of a budget recalculation shortly after the pandemic hit with the intent to support residential and business property owners.

Factors Affecting the Budget

Council Priorities

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Council  has selected three priorities to guide the City’s budget and service delivery from 2020 to 2022:

  • Improving customer service
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Enhancing community safety  

The priorities are based on community feedback received throughout the year and through the annual budget survey and other public consultation.

Overall, the focus of the priorities is on getting the basics right – planning and providing core municipal services (such as roads, utilities and other infrastructure, safety and recreation) that matter to residents and businesses. Read more about Council’s 2020-2022 priorities.

Other Factors:

  • Previous budget decisions, such as increased bylaw enforcement to support community safety.
  • Rising costs from third-party services providers (including police, library, water and sewer disposal).
  • Reduction in development-related revenue. 
  • COVID-19 pandemic: While impacts of the pandemic will continue into 2021, the 2021 budget has been prepared with normal levels of service as a baseline, to ensure the city is prepared for any eventuality. As in 2020, the city will continue to closely monitor service levels and budgets throughout 2021 and adjust as necessary.
Planned Enhancements

Overall, the 2021 proposed operating budget reflects Council’s desire for affordable, efficient and effective city operations while investing in key community needs.

The draft budget will carry through on Council priorities such as increased bylaw enforcement, enhancing the downtown and planning for climate change, along with some enhancements to core services – such as increased snow clearing, parks maintenance and litter collection – that residents have been asking for and have grown in importance in the past year.

Similar to past years, the draft budget also plans for an infrastructure levy, the equivalent of one per cent of the tax increase, to support future infrastructure replacement.



Taxpayer Impact

Property taxes and levies for the average Port Coquitlam home (assessed at $735,185) will increase by 2.39% in 2021. Please note:

  • These figures are based on 2020 property assessment values and represent the City’s portion only. See the next section for more information.
  • They do not include the regional and provincial taxes that also appear on the annual property tax bill.

Businesses

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Sign up for the City’s Prepayment Plan to pay next year’s tax and utility bills in easy monthly installments.

How We Compare

In 2020, Port Coquitlam had the third lowest municipal property taxes for an average representative single-family home out of 21 Metro Vancouver municipalities.

Property Assessment Impact

A property’s assessed value determines its share of taxes. The assessments provided by BC Assessment each January indicate how much Port Coquitlam property assessments increased or decreased from the prior year.

Properties whose value has increased or decreased more than other typical properties of the same type will experience a tax rate that differs from the average.

We will post the new average change for Port Coquitlam residential assessments here in early January.

Where Your Taxes and Levies Go

This is how your annual City property taxes and levies are applied to a wide variety of important services and programs.

Explore Our Business Plans

All City services and programs are reflected in the business plans developed annually by each department. Each plan includes the following sections:

  • Focus – description of department’s work
  • Environmental scan – internal/external influences impacting the department
  • Organizational chart – headcount and hierarchy of staff positions
  • Operating budget – including expenses and income
  • Breakdown of budget changes – explanation for
  • Measures and indicators – metrics to measure performance and identify trends

Please note that these plans may change based on budgeting decisions.

Budget Suggestion Box

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The public is invited to comment year-round on the City's Financial Planning process through:

Contact

Tel 604.927.5280
Email budget@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

City Hall, 1st Floor
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2A8

Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)