Proposed 2019 Budget Highlights

Council sets priorities that guide decisions about spending. The budget sets out how much money is required to achieve those priorities and outlines where that money will come from. Council prioritizes projects and services and decides what needs to be accomplished in the year, balanced against what those services cost the taxpayer each year. In 2018 a number of projects were put on hold due to the amalgamation discussion. In 2019 the focus is forging ahead with necessary capital infrastructure projects and increasing human resources to accommodate the growth and increased vitality in the City.

Have your say on the proposed 2019 budget by attending the open house at City Hall on March 11 from 4-6 pm or by visiting

What is the proposed tax increase for 2019?

City Council is currently considering a tax increase of 3.07%.

Inflation will usually require approximately 2% increase, just to keep paying the expenses the City must pay for general maintenance budgets. A significant amount of asset management planning goes into the maintenance of City infrastructure. If taxes are not increased each year to account for inflation, the result would have to be a reduction in maintenance budgets or a deferral of major capital works. This could result in the failure of an asset (equipment or municipal building) which then would require a higher future tax to pay for emergency repairs or replacement. Eventually the deferred major capital works must also be done, which would again result in a higher future tax hike to do the works that should have already been done.

The City of Duncan collects approximately 4.3 million in property taxes and Police Bridging Capital levy. A 3.07% increase provides an additional $132,000 to help pay for inflation and increased services.

For more information on how property taxes are calculated, please view the 2019 Property Assessment and Property Taxes Information Sheet.

What are the major changes in the 2019 budget compared to 2018?

The proposed 3.07% increase is comprised of the following changes:


$ Increase (Decrease) % Increase (Decrease)
Fire Protection revenues 15,751 0.4%
Fire Protection revenues 6,712 0.2%
Term deposit interest 5,700 0.1%



$ Increase (Decrease) % Increase (Decrease)
 Council pay, travel, conferences 13,807 0.3%
City Hall Salaries 21,000 0.5%
Computer services 6,100 0.1%
Recoveries from Water/Sewer (3,989) (0.1%)
 Fire Department operating expenses  38,126  0.9%
 Day Patrols  13,000  0.3%
 PW admin and engineering  80,284  1.9%
Recoveries from Water/Sewer  (61,293)  (1.5%)
Road maintenance (11,434) (0.3%)
Parking Patrols 6,500 0.2%
 Homeless encampment costs 7,000 0.2%
Planning salaries 20,601 0.5%
Grant in aid and annual grants (5,800) (0.1%)
Regional Library 6,277 (0.13%)
Transfer to machinery & equipment reserve 15,419 0.4%
Accumulation of various items under $5,000 0.07%

Next Steps

Results of public consultation will be brought back to a Committee of the Whole meeting on March 4, 2019.  Council will consider these results and set tax rates at this meeting.

The second public open house will be held on March 11, 2019 from 4-6 pm at City Hall.

Once the final property tax rates have been approved by City Council, property tax notices will be prepared in May. Notices will arrive in your mailbox after the Victoria Day long weekend in May. The due date is the first business day in July.

Who to Contact

For further information about property taxes, please contact City Hall in-person at 200 Craig Street, by phone (250-746-6126) or by email at