As the City of Vancouver wrestles with the idea of an additional 0.5% property tax increase to combat the fentanyl crisis, the City of Surrey is also looking at big property tax hikes.
Chair of the Finance Committee, Tom Gill, says the City of Surrey is contemplating a 4.4% property tax increase in 2017.
When you add in other fee and levy increases, Surrey residents should expect to pay $100 more for the average single family home.
Gill says what’s driving the budget is capital investments.
“Particularly we are looking at ice investments in Bridgeview, we are looking at three ice rinks there, we are looking at two ice rinks in Cloverdale, so certainly this council is very committed to continue to invest in civic opportunities,” Gill said.
The City of Surrey says it is proposing to spend an extra $13.3-million on public safety next year including hiring 12 more Mounties to bring the complement to 831.
Back in 2014, Surrey implemented a $100 capital levy per household to pay for a promised 100 new Mounties and civic upgrades.
- $72 property tax rate increase for public safety resourcing.
- $18 Road and Traffic Levy increase.
- $10 property tax rate increase to support the capital plan.
- Fee increases of 3.9% across the board (or equivalent)