2017 Financial Plan – Public Feedback
Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council are appealing to Delta residents to give feedback on the proposed 2017 Financial Plan. Citizens are asked to provide input on a variety of areas, from budget and funding priorities, to municipal services and upcoming projects. The proposed 2017 budget strategy is calling for a property tax increase of 2.75%, with tax dollars being directed to services for our community. To simulate the Delta municipal budget, visit Delta.CitizenBudget.com to use our online engagement tool. Visit Delta.ca to learn how you can provide feedback.
One of the most asked questions at this time of year is regarding how your property assessment influences your property taxes. Fortunately, the Corporation of Delta has created a helpful video that explains how taxes are spent, how the tax rate is set, and how your assessment relates to how much you pay in property taxes. To view the video, visit Delta.ca.
Spots are still open for winter programs at all of Delta’s recreation facilities. There is something for everyone, from skating and swimming lessons, to fitness and art programs. To see what’s available, view the Leisure Guide. For those who prefer drop-in, Delta residents are invited to save over 60% with the Experience North Delta Recreation Centre Pass. This limited time offer is available until February 28. Learn more at Delta.ca.
Community Energy Association
Council received a presentation from Dale Littlejohn, Executive Director and Chief Administartive Officer, Community Energy Association (CEA), regarding climate and energy innovation. The presentation welcomed Delta to the Community Energy Association, an organization that supports local governments in developing and implementing community energy and emmisions plans, as well as carbon neutral action plans. Currently the CEA serves 70 communities, providing them with access to webinars and acting as an independent advisor on climate and energy topics. View the presentation.
2017 Heritage Celebration
Council endorsed the Heritage Advisory Commission’s proposed 2017 Heritage Celebration activities and expenditures. Some of the activities for this year’s celebration include the return of the “Heritage Hunt” on social media and Delta’s website, a colouring contest for children (12 years old and under), live demonstrations of pioneer activites at local recreation centres and libraries, and a presentation of the 2017 Heritage Awards of Merit by Mayor Jackson at the February 20 Council Meeting, among others. Heritage in Delta will be celebrated from February 13 to February 26, 2017, coinciding with BC Heritage Week and National Heritage Week. View the staff report.