The city council unanimously agreed on a $47.7 million budget for Pitt Meadows, including increased taxes for property and utilities which will be effective in 2022.
After deliberations, the city announced the budget on December 16. This budget will result in increased property and utility taxes for residents.
The average single-family household can expect a $181 annual increase in property and utility taxes ($15 per month).
Multi-family households will have an average annual increase of $131 ($9 per month).
Bill Dingwall, mayor of Pitt Meadows said that in 2021, the city had the lowest tax rates for single-family homes in the Metro Vancouver region.
“In the past six years, City of Pitt Meadows has had the lowest combined tax and utility rate in the Lower Mainland and is expected to remain among the lowest this year,” the city stated in a release.
The table explains the increase.
The city has planned to launch several new development projects in the coming year.
- Autonomous RCMP Detachment planning, transition, site preparation, new building design and relocation of Pitt Meadows Art Gallery (PMAG).
- New Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre construction completion
- Road and Rail Improvement Project for Harris Road underpass design agreement with port authority, completion of noise and vibration and air quality mitigation.
- Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan committee will devise a plan for improvements recommended through a public survey.
- Repave Old Dewdney Trunk Road and Ladner Road
- Upgrades to Sheridan Hill Booster Station
- Design upgrades to Kennedy Pump Station in 2022 and replacement in 2023
- Expansion of community gardens
- Metro Vancouver Affordable Housing Project to include a daycare
- Recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day
- Recognition of Pride, diversity and inclusivity initiatives