Delta's 2017 budget consultation

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Welcome to The Corporation of Delta’s Simulated Budgeting Exercise! Your participation in this exercise allows you to experience the kinds of decisions Council faces when developing the annual budget, while providing a breakdown of where your tax dollars are allocated based on your home’s assessed value.

The information on this site is for educational purposes only.

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Operating Budget and Property Tax Breakdowns

The graph and descriptions below illustrate how 2016 property tax dollars were distributed, based on an average change in assessed residential property value.

Municipal services provided by Delta property taxes are the focus of this budget exercise. Utility services such as water, sewer, and solid waste are funded separately through utility fees, not through property taxes, so those services are not covered here. Delta also collects taxes on behalf of other agencies, as shown below, but their services are not included in this simulation.

How does it work?

To find out your personal breakdown of property taxes, enter your property assessment value as found on your 2016 property tax bill or BC Assessment notice, or use the average residential property value in Delta of $650,000.

Move the sliders to the left or right to simulate an increase or decrease for each service category. You will see the total property tax dollar impact of your changes.

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Police Services Learn more

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Police Services offers a wide variety of programs and services, to accomplish its mission of “Community Safety through Partnership, Innovation, and Diversity”. Delta has a low crime rate, and compared to other cities and municipalities of the same size, it is one of the safest in Canada. This is due in large part to the support of Council and the community, in ensuring Delta Police is well staffed, well equipped and well trained.

Did you know:
In 2016, Delta Police shut down one of the largest fentanyl production operations in Western Canada. In total, $1.2 million in heroin, cocaine, MDA, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and, for the first time in Canada, W-18 was seized. Two men have been charged on multiple counts under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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Fire and Emergency Services Learn more

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Fire and Emergency Services provides 24 hour emergency response for fire suppression, hazmat, motor vehicle incidents and medical pre-hospital care as well as fire inspection services, public education, and emergency planning to Delta’s public, business, and community facilities.

Did you know:
Enhanced Emergency Medical Response (EMR) protocol has been used in 76% of medical and motor vehicle incidents attended by Delta Fire and Emergency Services in 2016.

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Construction and Infrastructure Learn more

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Delta invests in the construction and maintenance of roads, sidewalks, and other transportation infrastructure, civic buildings, recreation facilities, sports fields and other capital assets.

Construction and Infrastructure includes the Neighbourhood Road Improvements Program, Civic Building Program, and base capital funding across departments to provide equipment and resources that enable Delta to meet the needs of our community.

Did you know:
In 2016, Delta installed 4,795 meters of sidewalks and over 3,350 meters of bicycle lanes.

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Recreation and Culture Learn more

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Recreation and Culture involves the delivery of events and programs, and the management of public spaces, including pools, arenas, gymnasiums, and arts, seniors, and fitness centres.

Did you know:
The 28,000 square foot expansion to the North Delta Recreation Centre opened for full operation in March 2016.

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Public Works

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Public Works encompasses services such as street lighting, street signs, horticulture, boulevard maintenance, street cleaning, and snow and ice control.

This division also includes some of the management of Engineering service calls and the issuance of permits for hydrant use, road and right of way uses, tree cutting and filming.

Did you know:
The Engineering Department responded to more than 22,000 service calls up to the end of November 2016.

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Parks

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The Parks division maintains and manages 140 parks and natural areas in Delta. The parks and trails system includes features ranging from picnic areas and playgrounds to water play parks, sports fields, boat launches, bike tracks and skateboard parks.

Did you know:
Delta’s original synthetic turf field at Mackie Park will be replaced in 2017, providing for another 15 years of service to the sport community.

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Drainage, Dikes and Irrigation Learn more

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Bordered by 3 bodies of water, Delta is protected by 61 kilometers of dikes and seawall. This division maintains drainage and irrigation pump stations, as well as storm water management systems throughout Delta.

Did you know:
Delta was awarded $5.4 million in federal and provincial funding toward the 12 Avenue Storm Water Management Improvement Project, an $8.1 million total investment.

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Community Planning and Development

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Community Planning and Development assists in shaping the community by preparing and implementing plans and policies relating to the use of land, health, safety and welfare of residents, and by managing growth and development. This division also provides recommendations to Council on applications for land development.

Did you know:
Up to October 2016, there were 1,285 building permits issued, representing $318 million, a 30% increase from 2015. Land use applications for 219 single family and 88 multi-family, commercial or industrial properties were processed, a 40% increase over 2015.

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Bylaw Enforcement

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The Bylaw Enforcement division is responsible for the enforcement of bylaws, business licensing, issuing permits for secondary suite occupation and agricultural soil deposit permits, and the summer Parks Patrol Program.

The division also provides animal control licensing and services for residents through the Delta Community Animal Shelter, where staff and volunteers provide care, treatment and adoption for hundreds of abandoned, mistreated or surrendered animals.

Did you know:
In 2016, over 25,000 permits, licences, calls for service, and enforcement notices were administered by this division.
The Delta Community Animal Shelter coordinated care for 530 animals and provided 150 training classes.

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General Services

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The general services category represents fixed costs.

This category relates to the general support of city activities and includes the costs of municipal administration and a contribution to the operations of the regional library system.

Did you know:
Council adopted a “pay as you go” debt management policy in 2002. Since then, Delta has continued to renew its infrastructure without incurring new debt.
Delta’s general debt will drop from a high of $44.7 million in 2000, down to $100,000 by the end of 2017. Assuming no new borrowing, general debt will be eliminated by the end of 2018.

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Satisfaction with Delta Services

Generally speaking, how would you rate your overall level of satisfaction with the quality of services provided by Delta?
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Thinking back over the past 12 months, would you say that the quality of services provided by Delta has....?
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