Mayor Jackson's Summer 2014 Property Tax Letter
May 27, 2014
Check your mail for Mayor Jackson's Summer 2014 Property Tax Letter, which will be arriving in the coming weeks.
As your Mayor, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on our municipality and describe just a few of our many accomplishments over the past year. It has certainly been a year of which we can all be proud.
This is an exciting time for Delta. With the South Fraser Perimeter Road now open and a new bridge over the Fraser River on its way soon, we are becoming known as the municipality of emerging opportunities.
Our prudent financial planning and continued fiscal strength is the cornerstone of everything we do. I am delighted to say that our general debt will be down to $1.43 million by the end of this year; a significant drop from a high of $44.7 million when I assumed the position of Mayor in 1999.
As part of our fiscal strategy and long-term infrastructure planning, I am proud to say that Delta's property tax increase is one of the lowest in Metro Vancouver. This year's 1.9% increase includes:
Our strong financial position gives us the ability to act on unforeseen issues when the need arises and the flexibility to continually invest in our community to enhance the key services that you use every day.
In the last five years, Delta has invested approximately $31.3 million in more than 38 kilometres of sewer and watermain upgrades, ensuring the vitality of these core services for years to come. You have my assurance that we will continue with the Neighbourhood Road Improvements Plan.
Delta also continues to invest in recreation infrastructure, including a new synthetic turf field in South Delta, as well as many upgrades to our playgrounds and parks. The North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion project is underway and it set to be complete early next year—a $10.5 million investment in the North Delta community. Public safety remains a top priority for this Council and we are very proud of Delta's reputation as one of the safest communities in B.C. With 173 sworn police officers and proactive investment in fire and police service stafing, equipment, facilities and training, our communities can feel secure knowing they are well protected. As always, no call is too small for Delta's protective services.
One important initiative in our ongoing public safety efforts is our work with the Provincial government to become one of the first municipalities in B.C. to allow its firefighters to enhance their role as medical first responders. This increased level of service will provide a more effective response to many medical emergencies; saving lives and reducing the time people have to wait for assistance.
This Council and I have worked hard to foster an economic climate that encourages development and attracts businesses to Delta, creating good jobs in our community.
We have some of Metro Vancouver's most productive industrial land, including Annacis Island, Tilbury Industrial Area and Boundary Bay Airport. The developments currently underway at the Airport will create 1,000 new jobs with the potential for many more in the future. As part of our goal to revitalize and make the best use of industrial land, Delta has been investing heavily in our road, cycling and pedestrian networks to meet the needs of local businesses and their employees.
Recognizing the growing demand for skilled workers in the trades sector, we recently held our 2nd Annual Trades & Technical Career Fair, attended by over 3,500 Delta students, parents and members of the public.
The preservation and protection of farmland and the vital work of Delta's farmers remains a key component in our economic plan. We are actively working to create opportunities for young farmers in Delta to ensure this essential sector of the economy continues to thrive for generations to come.
I consider myself fortunate to continue serving you and the community as we work together to build a bright future for everyone in Delta.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office directly by telephone at 604-946-3210, email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook.com/MayorofDelta.
Lois E. Jackson