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West St. Paul 2018 Financial Plan Summary

Posted: April 20, 2018

 

West St. Paul 2018 Financial Plan Summary

 

 

West St. Paul Council held its Public Hearing to present its 2018 Financial Plan on April 17, as required under the Municipal Act. 

 

Taxes in 2018 will increase minimally, less than 1 per cent, over 2017 taxes. 

 

Mayor Bruce Henley said councillors and administration at the RM always work diligently to ensure tax dollars are spent in a fiscally responsible way and that increases are kept to a minimum. 

 

The municipality has no role in School Taxes, other than that they appear on the tax bill sent out by the municipality. The municipality does not set school tax levels.

 

In 2018, Seven Oaks School Division increased its tax request by $226,966 or 3.5% when applied to West St. Paul assessment and Interlake School Division increased its tax increase by $20,547 or 6.8%. West St Paul’s increase was $21,892.

 

Since 2015, municipal taxes in West St. Paul have only increased by 4.6 per cent. 

During the same four-year period, taxes increased by 32 per cent in Seven Oaks School Division and 25.1 per cent in Interlake School Division. 

 

During the same period of time the Consumer Price Index has risen to 4.96 per cent nationally and WSP council and administration, through responsible financial planning, have kept our increase below that rate at 4.6 per cent over the same period of time.

 

This year, a homeowner in West St. Paul with an assessment of $356,500 who pays school taxes to the Seven Oaks School Division will see their school taxes rise $46.53 while that same home’s municipal taxes will go down by $36.90.  Approximately 80 per cent of property owners will see a reduction in their municipal taxes based on the 2018 West St. Paul financial plan which will receive second and third reading for approval by council on April 24, 2018.

 

 

According to the Canada Census, West St. Paul’s population in 2016 was up by 436 people over 2011, the last year the national census was conducted. With new housing developments under construction now, those numbers are sure to rise. West St Paul will be collecting more growth-related property tax revenue from new developments in 2018 than it has in years, which municipal officials say will "significantly benefit” all ratepayers.

 

Council has committed to many important projects in 2018, including environmental liabilities, park equipment upgrades and park renewal, recreation upgrades, administration building needs analysis, road upgrades, public works equipment upgrades, fire department equipment upgrades, IT equipment and election costs, permanent flood protection and drainage improvements and ongoing infrastructure renewal.

 

Council will continue to apply for grants for future water and wastewater projects, to ensure residents today and in the future have an environmentally safe source of water.  

 

People who attended the Open House had the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.