Budget 2023

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The District relies on property tax dollars to provide services and maintain parks and infrastructure that contribute to your quality of life. As a member of the community, it’s important that you are informed about the District of Sooke budget, and that you have an opportunity to share your input.

By joining the budget conversation and staying connected throughout the process, residents will learn:

  • opportunities and limitations of the district’s budget; and
  • what projects and service changes are planned within the five-year financial plan.

Engage with us!

The Citizen Budget Survey was available from June 15, 2022 to July 17, 2022, and is now closed. A "What We Heard" report will be presented at a public meeting before budget deliberations begin. A date for this meeting is not yet available.

Other ways to engage:

  • Participate in public meetings;
  • Attend the Budget Open House.

The District relies on property tax dollars to provide services and maintain parks and infrastructure that contribute to your quality of life. As a member of the community, it’s important that you are informed about the District of Sooke budget, and that you have an opportunity to share your input.

By joining the budget conversation and staying connected throughout the process, residents will learn:

  • opportunities and limitations of the district’s budget; and
  • what projects and service changes are planned within the five-year financial plan.

Engage with us!

The Citizen Budget Survey was available from June 15, 2022 to July 17, 2022, and is now closed. A "What We Heard" report will be presented at a public meeting before budget deliberations begin. A date for this meeting is not yet available.

Other ways to engage:

  • Participate in public meetings;
  • Attend the Budget Open House.
  • Updated Budget Brief Now Available

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    The budget conversation takes place over several months, beginning with the citizen budget survey (available every year from mid-June to mid-July).

    Throughout the summer and fall, staff have been reviewing your feedback and, along with projects identified in approved master plans, developing a preliminary budget for Council's consideration. Early in the new year, this preliminary budget will guide service-level discussions and related Council decision-making.

    Residents will have another opportunity to provide input on the draft budget at a community budget open house, anticipated to occur in early spring.

    To inform the budget conversations, a budget (information) brief provides a look at the following:

    • the budget process;
    • answers frequently asked questions;
    • shows how District property taxes compare to other municipalities;
    • show how property tax dollars are distributed between service areas;
    • shows the distribution of taxes collected for both District service areas and on behalf of other agencies; and
    • highlights other funding sources available to the district.

    Please make use of this resource to learn more about district budgeting.

  • Special Council Meeting Scheduled for December 5, 2022 to Review Service Agreements

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    At a Special Council Meeting on December 5, 2022 at 1pm, Council will receive presentations from community organizations which currently have service agreements in place to determine whether or not the District will continue with a service agreement, and if continuing, allocate a fee for the service.

    The agreements to be reviewed at the December 5, 2022 meeting include:

    • Sooke Food Bank
    • Sooke Regional Community Health Initiative
    • Sooke Community Association
    • Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce
    • Sooke Regional Tourism Association
    • Visitor Information Centre
    • Sooke Lions Club

    See more in the meeting agenda here >>

    Attend in person, Council Chambers, 2225 Otter Point Road or watch the live-stream/view the recording on our YouTube channel >>

  • Thank you for participating in the Citizen Budget Survey!

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    Thank you to the approximately 177 residents who completed the 2023 Citizen Budget Survey. Your input in this survey, combined with master plans, will inform the upcoming budget. The information gathered through the survey will be shared in a "What We Heard" report before budget deliberations begin. Please stay tuned!

  • Public Invited to Participate in 2023 Citizen Budget Survey

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    You’re invited to participate in the 2023 Citizen Budget Survey! Residents can participate using the online platform until Sunday, July 17, 2022.

    Using the Citizen Budget survey, residents can enter their assessed property value and see how their tax dollars are distributed between district service areas. Through the survey, residents can also:

    • advise on satisfaction levels;
    • rate the importance of services;
    • propose changes such as increase or decrease to various service areas; and
    • provide additional comments.

    By joining the budget conversation and staying connected throughout the process, residents will learn:

    • opportunities and limitations of the district’s budget; and
    • what projects and service changes are planned within the five-year financial plan.

    “We are committed to an open budget process and want to hear from residents to inform our financial planning. By engaging with residents early, in particular when property taxes are being paid, we hope to increase participation,” says Mayor Maja Tait.“We’re listening and working hard to respond to the needs of a growing community,” Tait adds.

    Participation for those without computer access is available by phone or in person.

    Call 250.642.1634 or book a time online to complete the survey by phone, or participate in person at a local market where mobile kiosks will be available.

    Market Location Date/Time District Representatives in Attendance
    Thursday Night Market Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road Thursday, June 16, 5-8pm

    Laura Hooper, Parks, Facilities & Environmental Services Manager

    Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator

    Thursday Night Market Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road Thursday, June 23, 5-8pm

    Laura Hooper, Parks, Facilities & Environmental Services Manager

    Jessica Boquist, Parks, Facilities & Environmental Services Coordinator

    Sooke Country Market 2225 Otter Point Road, parking at the municipal hall (2205 Otter Point Road) Saturday, June 25, 10am-2pm

    Raechel Gray, Director of Financial Services & Information Technology

    Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator

    Thursday Night Market Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road Thursday, June 30, 5-8pm

    Paul Bohemier, Manager of Wastewater

    Jeff Carter, Director of Operations

    Thursday Night Market Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road Thursday, July 7, 5-8pm

    Chief Ruiter, Fire Chief

    Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator

    Sooke Country Market 2225 Otter Point Road, parking at the municipal hall (2205 Otter Point Road) Saturday, July 9, 10am-2pm Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator
    Thursday Night Market Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road Thursday, July 14, 5-8pm

    Sarah Temple, Deputy Director of Corporate Services

    Jennifer Royer-Collard, Corporate Services Assistant

    Sooke Country Market 2225 Otter Point Road, parking at the municipal hall (2205 Otter Point Road) Saturday, July 16, 10am-2pm

    Jennifer Royer-Collard, Corporate Services Assistant


    Community feedback through this process will be presented and discussed at a Committee of the Whole meeting in the fall before budget deliberations begin.

    Learn more and participate:

    Contact:
    District of Sooke Reception
    Tel: 250.642.1634 l e: budget@sooke.ca

Page last updated: 02 Dec 2022, 04:07 PM