Creston's 2018 Financial Plan: Community Engagement

January 30, 2018

Creston's Town Council is preparing for the 2018 – 2022 Financial Plan for the Town and is seeking input from the community. Town Council must balance and prioritize the needs of the Town while considering a reasonable tax levy to its residents. Your responses to this questionnaire will provide Council with input on current service satisfaction, prioritization and financial planning considerations. For more information on the Town's budget process, please visit www.creston.ca/2291/budget

This questionnaire can be completed in the following ways up until March 8th:

  1. Please indicate your spending priorities in the exercise below, and click "Submit" when done, or

  2. Complete a hard copy questionnaire (available at Town Hall or online at www.creston.ca/2291/budget) and return the completed copy to Town Hall through:

Mail or drop-off:
c/o Finance Department
Box 1339 Creston, B.C.
V0B 1G0

Email: info@creston.ca

*Note: This questionnaire is a living document and is subject to change based on Council decision making.

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Property Tax Information

Your approximate Total Property Residential Taxes are (not including Home Owner Grant deduction)

**Note: The above tax calculator relates to residential property taxation based on the 2017 tax rates (excluding utility frontage tax) and it is used as a guide for the purposes of providing general information. See below for a breakdown of Total Property Tax in the Town of Creston. Only the Municipal Tax portion of your Total Property Tax levy can be adjusted by Council decisions.

Property Taxation Distribution

The Town of Creston, like all B.C. municipalities, collects property taxes for the Town, but also collects and remits taxes on behalf of other provincial and regional authorities. These include the Provincial School, Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK), East Kootenay Regional Hospital District (EKRHD), BC Assessment Authority and the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA). The Town is only responsible for the setting of the Municipal Tax portion and has no control over the setting of the other rates and levies of these other government authorities.

Of the Total Property Taxes levied by the Town, 40% represents Municipal General Taxation for Town services, 12% is for Municipal RCMP while the remaining 48% is levied on behalf of and remitted to those other levels of Government. Based on the property taxation estimator, the total taxation distribution is as follows:

General Municipal and RCMP taxation – Town of Creston:

Levies for Other Levels of Governments:


*RDCK: 60.8% of the RDCK tax levy is for the Creston & District Community Complex (2017)

Services Supported by Property Taxes

There is a wide range of services provided by the Town and property taxes account for 37.7% of the funding that supports the delivery of these services. The Town’s property taxation levy for municipal services are distributed and utilized in the following manner:

Tax Adjustment

The preliminary draft 2018 Financial Plan includes a 2.21% proposed tax increase for Council’s consideration. This equates to an approximate increase of $28 on a representative home valued at $220,900.

This 2018 preliminary tax increase provides for inflationary, non-discretionary costs and maintains current service levels. The increase also includes a contribution to our infrastructure replacement reserve for future and current capital replacement costs. There is also an increase for RCMP Contract costs.

The 2.21% tax increase breaks down as follows:

  • Non-discretionary, inflationary adjustments and increased services provisions (net of non-market change increase*): 0.98%
  • RCMP: 0.61%
  • Infrastructure replacement Reserve Funding: 0.62%

*Non-market changes include new construction and newly taxable property

Service Importance

In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of each of the following services on a scale of 1 to 10?

Scale: 10 = very important | 1 = not important

Police Protection

The Town’s RCMP detachment contains a combination of Municipal and Provincial funded members. Police protection services provided to the Town include patrols, investigations, prisoner guarding, records management, court liaisons, and operational/administrative support. The Town currently funds seven RCMP members in addition to RCMP clerical support staff.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Policing Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Policing Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels. The reduction would only be allowed if agreed to by the Province and RCMP.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Policing Services?"

Fire Protection Learn more

The Municipal Fire Hall protects the Town of Creston and defined portions of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, such as Erickson, Arrow Creek and Creston Flats, and is staffed by paid-on-call firefighters with a career Fire Chief and an Assistant Fire Chief. Services provided include fire suppression, fire safety education, motor vehicle accidents response, technical rope rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous materials response and medical emergency first response. On average, the Fire Department responds to over 500 calls for service per year.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Fire Protection Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Fire Protection Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Fire Protection Services?"

Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services Learn more

The Town’s bylaws are enforced through the Public Safety and Compliance department that consists of bylaw compliance and fire inspections. In addition, building inspections are provided by the Municipal Services Department. Bylaw compliance activities include enforcement of the Town’s many bylaws including unsightly premises, building inspections, parking violations and other bylaw complaints.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards these Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services?"

Roads and Operations Learn more

The Town’s Public Works Department looks after the operation and maintenance of roads (repair, snow clearing, street sweeping and boulevards), storm drainage systems, downtown maintenance, sidewalks, and street lights, etc.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Roads and Operations is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for roads and operations?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for roads and operations?"

Health and Sanitation Learn more

The Town’s Public Works Department oversees health and sanitation services which includes cemetery operations and garbage removal and disposal. Cemetery operations are funded through a shared service with the RDCK Areas A, B and C.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards these Health and Sanitation services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for health and sanitation?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for health and sanitation?"

Parks and Trails Learn more

The Town’s Parks and Recreation services cover the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Town’s parks and trails.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Parks and Trails is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Parks and Trails?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Parks and Trails?"

Planning and Development Services Learn more

The Town’s Planning and Development Services are responsible for development applications, planning documents, community, parks and greenways planning, and more.

Based on the tax calculator, your estimated annual tax allocation towards Planning and Development Services is
Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Planning and Development?

Note: a lower level of tax allocation would result in a reduction in service levels.

"Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Planning and Development?"

Funds Allocation

Your choice

If you had $1000 in discretionary spending available to allocate towards services that are important to you, how would you allocate this funding?

You may choose to allocate all $1000 to one service area, allocate a portion to each service area, or a select few service areas.

Police Protective Services
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Fire Protective Services
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Bylaw Compliance / Other Protective Services
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Roads
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Sidewalks and Trails
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Downtown Beautification
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Garbage and Recycling Removal
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Parks
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Arts and Culture
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Infrastructure Reserve Funding
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Other

Please specify in the box-below

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