How your Taxes are Used

Where are municipal dollars spent?2017 tax expenses

Taxes, along with grants, fees, and other contributions are used to pay for municipal services.

2017 Operating Expenses are divided as follows:



23% Protective Services 
When you need help in an emergency, the RCMP and Fire Department are available to you 24 hours a day and are supported by the Community Peace Officers and the Emergency Management team. 

21% Public Works, City Buildings, Project Management Office
The roads team makes our roads drivable—clearing snow and sanding in the winter, sweeping the sand in the spring and repairing potholes. This category also includes the Project Management Office (that coordinates the completion of major community projects) and the maintenance of City Buildings (including City Hall, Public Works and the Firehall).

15% Corporate Services 
These funds go towards community festivals like Canada Day and Water FestivalEconomic Development staff who are working to increase the City’s non residential tax base, Communications, and the City’s administrative requirements such as Human Resources, Finance, Reception and IT. 

12% Parks & Recreation
Whether you are taking a walk with your family on the City’s pathways, enjoying a day at the beach, or trying new jumps at the Bike Park, the Parks & Recreation team ensures that our community is a clean and vibrant place to live. 

11% Planning & Development Services
Planning ensures our growth is well thought out and coordinated so that pipes, pathways and roads are appropriately located. This includes long and short term planning, engineering, safety codes regulations and permitting. 

10% General 
General Municipal expenses include funds that are set aside to provide some stabilization for operations, savings to put toward significant multi-year future projects (such as infrastructure and recreation), fees for banking and investments, and ongoing fees from the 2009 Annexation. 

7% Community & Social Development
The Community Services team ensures that our community is a welcoming and healthy place for all ages. They provide Early Childhood Development Programs, support for struggling families through the Community Resource Centre, adult & senior community programs, and support for other community initiatives and projects

1% Council & Mayor
This is a combination of expenditures that covers Council’s expenses. 

The budget also includes capital expenses. For more information on the specific capital projects included in the 2017-2018 budget, check out our projects.