The Chilliwack Fire Department on-scene at the Newmark apartment fire at Victor Street and Bole Avenue on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Proposed 2022 tax increase for Chilliwack again at 2.99%

Citizens can weigh in on budget Jan. 18 evening preferably by Zoom or phone, city reps say

A proposed tax increase of 2.99 per cent is on deck as part of the annual budget process at Chilliwack city hall.

City council approved first and second reading Tuesday (Jan. 4) of the City of Chilliwack’s 2022-2031 Financial Plan.

“In addition to funding inflationary, non-discretionary cost increases, the proposed 2022 Financial Plan presented to Council includes increased service level provisions, with a considerable emphasis on public safety,” according to the staff report.

The proposed Chilliwack tax increase of 2.99 per cent for 2022, which was the same rate increase seen in 2021, breaks down to inflationary and non-discretionary spending at 1.27 per cent, plus service level increases of 1.68 per cent, which will see: three new RCMP members, five RCMP support staff, a fire inspector and two firefighters.

The online results from the public engagement survey ranked ‘fire protection’ as the highest priority this year, followed by: policing, roads, flood protection, and parks and trails, as the top five budget categories. It’s is the first time in many years that citizens did not rank “policing” as the top priority.

“Community safety” still remained in the top two spots however in terms of categories of city spending, which is “considerable emphasis.”

Climate action figures prominently throughout the budget, but it is not contained in one budget category but rather found throughout.

Financial plan details can be found at chilliwack.com/budget. Two public consultation efforts to date included a paper survey included with the tax notice in the summer, and then an online survey of budget priorities in the fall.

This year’s city budget will see a public hearing on Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Given the COVID-19 situation, city officials are urging residents to use Zoom, or call in, rather than attend in-person to provide feedback on the budget in council chambers at City Hall.

For more information contact the finance department, 604-793-2920, or email budget@chilliwack.com or clerks@chilliwack.com

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