Budget 2022

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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.

Engage with us

Participate in our quick poll and 3-question Early Learning Survey to start to shape the information we provide and how we engage on the budget. This will be followed by a citizen-budget survey later in the year that will seek more detailed input on the District’s budgets.

We invite you to connect with staff at community pop-ups to learn more about the District’s service areas and what projects are currently underway. Ask questions and learn about when key decisions are made and how you can be involved early. This helps to ensure optimum use of resources and your tax dollars.

A service-level review and Citizen Budget Survey will inform how we adapt the five-year financial plan and next year’s budget priorities to set the stage for detailed community budget conversations. This tool will allow you to share your ideas for how the budget might be modified and the impacts of those adjustments.

Also in the fall, the District will also host a virtual and in-person open house to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how the District’s budgets are developed, the unique challenges encountered when developing municipal budgets, and our roadmap to an open budget process.

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.

Engage with us

Participate in our quick poll and 3-question Early Learning Survey to start to shape the information we provide and how we engage on the budget. This will be followed by a citizen-budget survey later in the year that will seek more detailed input on the District’s budgets.

We invite you to connect with staff at community pop-ups to learn more about the District’s service areas and what projects are currently underway. Ask questions and learn about when key decisions are made and how you can be involved early. This helps to ensure optimum use of resources and your tax dollars.

A service-level review and Citizen Budget Survey will inform how we adapt the five-year financial plan and next year’s budget priorities to set the stage for detailed community budget conversations. This tool will allow you to share your ideas for how the budget might be modified and the impacts of those adjustments.

Also in the fall, the District will also host a virtual and in-person open house to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how the District’s budgets are developed, the unique challenges encountered when developing municipal budgets, and our roadmap to an open budget process.

  • Participate in the Citizen Budget Survey & Service Level Review

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    The CITIZEN BUDGET SURVEY is now live!

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

    • share where they feel resources should be increased or decreased across the District’s budget;
    • rate the importance of services;
    • advise on satisfaction levels and;
    • provide additional comments.


    Please allow 15 minutes to participate.

    Recognizing some residents may prefer to provide feedback through a print form, print surveys will be distributed via the Sooke News Mirror on Thursday, September 2nd with additional copies available at the Sooke Municipal Hall and upcoming local events.

    For those who would prefer to participate by phone, please call 250.642.1634 and District staff would be happy to assist you.

    This survey will remain open until Sunday, September 26th.


    Connect in Person:

    In addition to the online and print survey, District Council members and staff will be conducting community pop-ups to answer resident’s questions about the District’s budget. Stop by and say "hello":

    • Thursday, September 2, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Thursday Night Market, Sooke Region Museum
    • Tuesday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at A & W, 6660 Sooke Road
    • Wednesday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 6168 Phillips Road
    • Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., The Stick, 6715 Eustace Road
    • Friday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Whiffin Spit
    • Saturday, September 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Celebrate Sooke! at John Phillips Memorial Park
    • Tuesday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., The Stick, 6715 Eustace Road
    • Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., LIttle Vienna, 6726 W. Coast Road
    • NEW LOCATION! Thursday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Broomhill Playground, 2280 Pyrite Drive
    • NEW LOCATION! Friday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Rd
    • Saturday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sooke Country Market at John Phillips Memorial Park

    Schedule updated September 22, 2021 with new pop-up locations for September 23 & 24.

  • Meet & Greet With Staff

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    The District of Sooke is beginning budget-related discussions with the community during the summer to assist with budget adoption by year-end. This helps to ensure the District optimizes the use of its resources and allocates staffing and budget to priority areas.

    As a relatively small, but growing, and young municipality combined with a tax base that is limited in diversity (92% of the DIstrict's operating budget is funded through residential taxes), priorities must be carefully considered and identified within planning. Through open dialogue, the District is excited to work with citizens and support each other's learning as we enhance communication with the community and deliver on our strategic priorities.

    Phase One: Early Learning

    This phase connects staff and residents on a preliminary budget conversation. How to participate:

    • Complete our “quick poll” question;
    • Complete our 3-question survey;
    • Meet staff at pop-ups throughout the community.

    From June 23-July 6: meet Jennifer, Corporate Services Assistant, and Christina, Communication Coordinator, in the community to learn more about the 2022 Budget:

    Date Time Location
    Wednesday, June 23
    2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Broomhill Playground
    Thursday, June 24
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday Night Market at the Sooke Region Museum
    Friday, June 25
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Western Foods
    Tuesday, July 6
    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Whiffin Spit
    Tuesday, July 6
    11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Sooke Marine Boardwalk


    From July 8-July 16: learn more about District service areas and say "hello" to service area staff at locations throughout the community:

    Date Time Service Area Location
    Thursday, July 8 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Administrative & Corporative Services Western Foods
    Saturday, July 10 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Financial Services Saturday Market at John Phillips Memorial Park
    Monday, July 12 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Parks & Environmental Services Whiffin Spit
    Tuesday, July 13 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Planning & Development Services John Phillips Memorial Park
    Wednesday, July 14 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fire & Emergency Program Services District of Sooke Fire Station
    Thursday, July 15 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Operations: Roads & Infrastructure (Public Works) Thursday Night Market at the Sooke Region Museum
    Friday, July 16 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sooke R.C.M.P. Detachment Sooke R.C.M.P. Detachment, 2076 Church Road



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