Delta’s Budget Simulator

Welcome to City 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 2017 property tax dollars were distributed, based on an average change in assessed residential property value.

City 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 2017 property tax bill or BC Assessment notice, or use the average residential property value in Delta of $924,000.

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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Delta Police Department (DPD) continues to serve Delta citizens, businesses and visitors with a ‘no call too small’ philosophy, which is supported by the Delta Police Board and City Council. Delta has a low crime rate and has experienced a drop in the Violent Crime Severity Index. Delta Police is well-resourced and well-trained.

Did you know:
Delta Police School Liaison Officer (SLO) Program commits nearly 10,000 hours per year to keep our students and their schools safe. The SLO Program is one of the most robust and collaborative programs in Canada.

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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 is used in over 75% of medical and motor vehicle incidents attended by Delta Fire and Emergency Services.

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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:
2017 construction and infrastructure projects: Arthur Drive, 10A Avenue and 118 Street road improvement projects; Beach Grove area and 8A Avenue watermain replacement projects; 3,030 meters of sidewalks; over 1,700 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:
In 2017, accessibility upgrades to the entrance and washrooms at George Mackie Library were completed by Delta in cooperation with the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Government of Canada.

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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 23,000 service calls and 2,000
Talk to Delta inquiries in 2017.

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Parks

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The Parks division maintains and manages 70 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. 

This division also looks after the maintenance and management of Delta cemeteries – Boundary Bay Cemetery and North Delta Cemetery. New service options will be available in 2018 which will include columbaria niches, memorial wall niches, and scatter gardens.

Did you know:
Delta opened its first natural Playground at Annieville Lions Park in 2017, which comprises of play structures created with natural elements such as yellow cedar logs, boulders, zip lines and wooden benches.
Delta also introduced 2 Adventure Playgrounds in the summer of 2017 where children were provided with tools and materials to build their own play space, encouraging the use of their imagination and creativity.

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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:
In 2017, there were 1,600 building permits issued, representing $376 million, a 9% increase from 2016.  Land use applications for 246 single-family and 59 multi-family, commercial or industrial properties were processed.

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Drainage, Dikes and Irrigation Learn more

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Bordered by 3 bodies of water, Delta is protected by 62 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:
The $8.1 million 12 Avenue Storm Water Management Improvement Project is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2020. This project is supported by $5.4 million in federal and provincial funding.

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Bylaw Enforcement

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The Property Use & Compliance division is responsible for the enforcement of Delta’s Bylaws related to property use, business licencing, secondary suites, agricultural soil deposit permits, parking enforcement, and the annual Parks Patrol Program.

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

Did you know:
In 2017, over 26,000 permits, licences, calls for service, and enforcement notices were administered by this division. The Delta Community Animal Shelter coordinated care for 575 animals and provided 150 training classes.

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General Services

The General Services category represents fixed costs.

This category relates to the general support of city activities and includes the costs of city 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. General debt will be eliminated by the end of 2018.

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