Victoria City Hall hosts an open house and town hall meeting on the 2018 budget tonight (Nov. 30). (News files)

TONIGHT: Have your say on Victoria’s 2018 budget at town hall

Taxpayers can learn more about how the City plans to spend your money

An affordable housing fund, more bike lanes and funding for the arts are just some of the projected budget expenditures that will increase taxes in the City of Victoria next year.

And tonight, you can tell the city what you think about the 2018 budget.


Residents of Victoria are invited to City Hall tonight (Nov. 30) to ask questions and provide feedback. There will be an open house at 6:30 p.m., with a town hall beginning at 7 p.m. You can read more about the city’s budget, about the police budget, or try the city’s budget simulator to see how your taxes will be spent.

If you can’t make it in person, you can submit questions beforehand or in real time and watch the webcast live to listen for the answer. Join the Facebook event, submit questions on Twitter using the hashtag #VicTownHall, or submit questions using an online form. You can also call 250-361-0327 once the meeting has begun and the question will be transcribed.

Last month, city council concluded preliminary discussions on the $233.3-million preliminary budget and passed the Draft 2018-2022 Financial Plan. The proposed property tax increase, with utility fees is estimated at a 2.8 per cent.

Some highlights from the budget include:

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