2019 Financial Plan Survey

Chilliwack City Council is developing the 2019 – 2028 Financial Plan for the City and is seeking input from the community. City Council must balance and prioritize the needs of the City while considering a reasonable tax levy to its residents. Your responses will provide Council with information on current community priorities, which services you consider most valuable and other financial planning considerations.

This questionnaire can be completed in the following ways until Friday, December 21 at 4:30 pm:

  1. Completed through this online questionnaire.
  2. Completed hard copy questionnaire (hard copies can be picked up from and returned to the Finance Department at City Hall):


Mail or drop-off: c/o Finance Department
8550 Young Rd. Chilliwack B.C. V2P 8A4

Questions? Let us know at budget@chilliwack.com.

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Property Taxation

Property Tax Information

Your approximate total Property taxes are

**Note: The above tax calculator relates to residential property taxation based on the 2018 tax rates and is to be used as a guide for the purposes of providing general information.

How Your Property Taxes Are Distributed

Like all B.C. municipalities, the City of Chilliwack collects property taxes not only for the City, but also on behalf of other provincial and regional authorities including the Provincial School, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District (FVRHD), BC Assessment Authority and the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA). The City is only responsible for the municipal tax portion of property taxation and has no control over the other rates and levies associated with other government authorities.

Of the total taxes levied by the City, 64% represents the City’s General Taxation for City services, while the remaining 36% is levied on behalf of and forwarded to those other levels of government. Based on the property value assessment, your taxation distribution is as follows:

Services Supported By Property Taxes

The City provides a wide range of services and property taxes are the City’s main source of revenue to support the delivery of those services. Based on the property value assessment, your taxation distribution is as follows:

Your Input – Importance of City Services

In your opinion as a resident of the City of Chilliwack, how would you rate the importance of each of the following services on a scale of 1 to 10?

Scale: 10 - very important, 1 - not important

Police Protection
Fire Protection
Bylaw Enforcement and Other Protective Services
Parks and Trails
Bicycle Transportation Networks
Social/Homeless Issues
Roads and Transportation
Public Transit
Recreation and Cultural Facilities
Community Events
Other (please specify)

Your Input – 2019 Financial Plan Considerations

City Council must carefully consider and prioritize many service level increases, in addition to non-discretionary, inflationary items when developing the City’s Financial Plan. This means that Council must make decisions to ensure a balance between a reasonable tax increase and increases to various service levels.

Police Protection

The City’s RCMP detachment contains a combination of municipal and provincially funded members. Police protection services provided to the City include patrols, investigations, prisoner guarding, records management, court liaisons and operational/administrative support. The City currently funds 116 RCMP members in addition to municipal support staff. The City also provides shared funding towards the Lower Mainland Integrated Services, which includes the Emergency Response Team (ERT), Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS), Integrated Forensics Identification Services (IFIS), Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS).

Based on the tax simulator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Policing Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Policing Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

Fire Protection

The City’s 6 fire halls protect an area over 250 square kilometers and are staffed by both career and paid on call firefighters. Services provided include fire response and suppression activities, fire safety education, motor vehicle accident response and other emergency medical aid. On average, the Fire Department responds to approximately 2,500 calls for service per year.

Based on the tax simulator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Fire Protection Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Fire Protection Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

Other Protective Services

The City’s Other Protective Services consist of Bylaw Enforcement, Building Regulation and Inspection and Emergency Preparedness planning services. Bylaw Enforcement activities include enforcement of the City’s many Bylaws including unsightly premises, building inspections, controlled substance property shut down and enforcement of homeless camping infractions.

Based on the tax simulator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards these Other Protective Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Other Protective Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

Transportation, Public Transit and Operations

The City’s Transportation, Public Transit and Operations services consist of the operation and maintenance of roads, storm drainage systems, dyke infrastructure/flood protection, public transit system, bicycle lanes and paths, street lighting and traffic signals. Capacity road widening and intersection improvements are funded from Development Cost Charges, which are funds collected from each new development.

Based on the tax simulator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Transportation, Public Transit and Operations Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Transportation, Public Transit and Operations?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture services cover the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the City’s parks, trails and sports fields, in addition to recreational, cultural and library facilities. These services are also responsible for the coordination of community events and work, in collaboration, with numerous community groups to provide a wide variety of recreational and leisure opportunities.

Based on the tax simulator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

Funds Allocation

Your choice

If you had $1 available to allocate towards services that are important to you, how would you allocate this funding?

You may choose to allocate all of the $1 to one service area, allocate a portion to each service area, or a select few service areas.

Police Protective Services
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Fire Protective Services
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Bylaw Enforcement / Other Protective Services
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Parks and Trails
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Bicycle Transportation Networks
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Social/Homeless Issues
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Roads and Transportation
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Public Transit
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Recreation and Culture
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0 $
 
 
Community Events
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