Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Have your say: Public feedback encouraged on CRD 2021 provisional budgets

Online comments sought on public aspects of Greater Victoria’s regional financial plan

Crafting the annual budget for an organization as large and diverse as the Capital Regional District is no small task.

Financial and departmental staff and management work many hours to assemble such a document for initial discussion, later amendments and ultimate approval by the CRD board.

Amended provisional financial plans for the CRD, Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) and Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) were passed Oct. 28, but the budgeting process still allows for public input before the final review and board approval next March.

Feedback on the 2021 budget can be submitted online to the CRD board at crd.bc.ca/budget by completing the form by Jan. 31.

Among the most recent proposed changes to the provisional budget were an increase of $1 per year per household to the land acquisition fund – a move that would generate an extra $193,000 for parkland acquisition – and $75,000 for adding First Nations representation to CRD standing, select and advisory committees.

Related story: One dollar or two? Greater Victoria parks acquisition fee hike spurs debate

“The provisional budget is a conservative and cautious approach given the current economic climate,” said CRD board chair Colin Plant in a release. “We are aware it is a challenging time and we want to continue funding important social priorities, such as housing and additional park space.”

The consolidated 2021 budget for the three regional bodies of $600 million currently calls for a 1.76-per-cent increase over 2020. That includes a $355 million operating budget and $245 million for capital projects. Approximately $185 million of the capital budget is allocated to CRD projects, which represents a drop of $214 million from 2020.

Significant capital undertakings on the books for 2021 include the continued implementation of the Regional Housing First program, which is set to add nearly 300 units in the region by next year; an energy recovery project at Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich that projects an 80-per-cent reduction (351 tonnes) in greenhouse gas emissions for the facility; a $3-million upgrade on the regional water supply main No. 4 and continued replacement of intake screens at the Sooke Lake reservoir; $1.4 million for a new oxygenation system in Elk and Beaver lakes; $3.4 million for Phase 3 construction on the E&N Rail Trail in Langford, and $4.3 million for aggregate production and rock extraction at Hartland Landfill for on-site use as daily cover and building access roads.

Some projects need approval from other funding sources to move forward.


 

Do you have a story tip? Email:don.descoteau@blackpress.ca. Follow us on Instagram.  
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Capital Regional DistrictCRD

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

GIF
’90s rock band resurfaces with songs never properly recorded or released

Underwater Sunshine’s online reunion involves four guys who lost contact for years

Tim Siebert, one half of the partnership behind Citrus & Cane, says opening the Douglas Street cocktail lounge during a pandemic had challenges, but the bar is ready to adapt to whatever comes next. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
New Victoria tropical cocktail lounge designed with COVID-19 safety in mind

Citrus & Cane opens in site of former Copper Owl after eight-month delay

Kennedy Nikel, applied marine biologist at Cascadia Seaweed, here seen in late September, shows off bull kelp (in her left hand) and rock weed. The company is spear-heading an annual seaweed festival scheduled for May 13-21, 2021, with Sidney council have signed off in principle. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Cascadia hopes to see Sidney host seaweed festival in May 2021

Council supports the idea in principle following a presentation by Cascadia Seaweed

Trevor Davis, base manager of the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation in Sidney, stands in front of the Hecate Sentinal, an oil skimming vessel based at Sidney’s Van Isle Marina. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Oil spill response base taking shape on Saanich Peninsula

Enhanced base with elements in North Saanich and Sidney to be fully operational in fall 2022

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A man walks by a COVID-19 test pod at the Vancouver airport in this undated handout photo. A study has launched to investigate the safest and most efficient way to rapidly test for COVID-19 in people taking off from the Vancouver airport. The airport authority says the study that got underway Friday at WestJet’s domestic check-in area is the first of its kind in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Airport Authority *MANDATORY CREDIT*
COVID-19 rapid test study launches at Vancouver airport for departing passengers

Airport authority says that a positive rapid test result does not constitute a medical diagnosis for COVID-19

A small crash in the water south of Courtenay Saturday afternoon. Two men had to be rescued, but reports indicate there were no serious injuries. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Small plane crash in Comox Valley waters Saturday afternoon

Two rescued from plane that had flipped in water; no serious injuries reported

A photo from 2017, of Nuchatlaht First Nation members outside court after filing a land title case in B.C. ( Submitted photo/Nuchatlaht First Nation).
Vancouver Island First Nation calls on B.C. to honour UNDRIP in historic title case

Nuchatlaht First Nation says Crown counsel continues to stall the case using the ‘distasteful’ argument that the Nation ‘abandoned’ their land

West Vancouver Island’s Ehattesaht First Nation continues lock down after 9 active cases were reported today after a visitor tested positive last week. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Ehattesaht First Nation’s COVID-19 nightmare: nine active cases, a storm and a power outage

The Vancouver Island First Nation in a lockdown since the first case was reported last week

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

Most Read