Give Your Feedback on Port Coquitlam Budget by Mar. 25
Port Coquitlam taxpayers have until Mar. 25 to provide feedback on a draft city budget that focuses on core services while making investments for a more safe, family-friendly and livable community.
Property owners will receive budget highlights in the mail starting this week and can find more information and links to the online survey at www.portcoquitlam.ca/2019budget.
The draft $106-million operating budget would increase Port Coquitlam property taxes by 2.99 per cent for the average home assessed at $818,564. Breakdowns for different property types are available online.
The budget includes funding for new RCMP officers focusing on traffic, youth, sex crimes and domestic violence; the new Port Coquitlam Community Centre under construction downtown (one per cent of the increase); and long-term replacement of critical infrastructure (one per cent).
Other planned improvements – funded by surplus or reserve accounts with no impact on 2019 taxes – include:
- User-friendly downtown directional and parking signs,
- Digitization of property records,
- Continuing asset management work for the long-term management of City infrastructure,
- Funding for the new Port Coquitlam Event Society,
- Support for Port Coquitlam Community Foundation, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society,
- A large video screen and speakers for the Remembrance Day ceremony, and
- Funding to increase marketing of City’s recreation programs, events and other services.
This is in addition to a wide range of planned activities in 2019, such as:
- The opening of the first amenities at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre this fall, including two ice sheets and the library,
- The pilot of leash-optional areas at Skyline Park and Chelsea Park beginning Mar. 11,
- Updated regulations for the improved management and protection of trees,
- New Official Community Plan policies to encourage housing affordability and choice in new developments, and more family-friendly housing in townhouse zones,
- Planning for a third community garden, along with a new interactive, whimsical garden at Lions Park, and
- Community events throughout the year including May Days, Canada Day and the fourth annual PoCo Grand Prix.
The budget also includes funding for the $87-million 2019-2020 capital budget adopted in the fall. Capital projects this year include:
- Continuing city-wide LED streetlight conversions,
- Completion of upgrades to Centennial Pool,
- Sidewalk, pedestrian safety, cycling and traffic calming projects,
- A new spray park for Castle Park,
- Drinking water fountains at Leigh Square and Gates Park,
- Improvements to Fox Park playground and Thompson Park ball fields,
- 3.5 kilometres of road rehabilitation and utility works, and
- Detailed design work for Prairie Avenue improvements.
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533