Esquimalt holds line on property tax increase for third straight year

Esquimalt homeowners and businesses will see no increase in property tax rates for third consecutive year, says mayor

  • Apr. 29, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Esquimalt homeowners and businesses will see no increase in their property taxes for the third consecutive year, council confirmed Monday night.

The municipality will now develop a 2014 financial plan and tax rate bylaw based on a 0 per cent increase in tax revenue requirements, said Mayor Barb Desjardins.

“We are committed to providing exceptional service to our residents without raising municipal tax rates,” she said. “The 0% increase will be achieved while maintaining our core services, and budgeting $8.1 million for capital costs and infrastructure improvements.”

Utility increases connected to the core area’s secondary sewage treatment project remain unclear.

Financial plan and tax rates bylaws will be considered at a May 5 council meeting and are scheduled for adoption at a May 12 meeting. Esquimalt’s overall 2014 budget of $38.4 million is expected to be approved as well.

See Esquimalt’s strategic priorities here.

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Most Read