Taxes hold steady in 2012

Council is predicting a zero per cent increase in property taxes

Taxes will not be increasing this year, said Mayor Ted Adlem at Monday’s council meeting before adding he couldn’t provide details until Thursday.

Coun. Nelson Tilbury said staff deserve the credit for the “zero per cent increase.”

“A lot of people thought we were going to run [Mission] like a business but that hasn’t been the case. What’s been done is using best business practices,” he said.

According to the 2012 draft budget published by the district Nov. 3, it estimated taxes would need to be increased by 6.15 per cent to maintain current service levels, and that it would take $1.3 million in savings to lower that increase to just one per cent.

Another surprise was the announcement that residential flat-rate water and sewer services will be increasing two per cent each, despite previous estimates they would both increase five per cent.

The draft budget noted water rates were expected to rise to $470 from $447 last year. That number will now be closer to $456 with a two per cent increase. Sewer services were projected to rise to $357 from $340 last year, but instead will increase roughly $7.

There will be more budget details available on the district’s website Thursday morning, followed by a public input session held at district hall March 15.

The 2012 and 2013 fees and charges list for the district can be seen on page six of the Dec. 12, 2011 council agenda right here.