Sooke council gets first look at municipal budget on Monday

Staff will explain department budgets and other financial items

Sooke council will weigh in on a proposed $20-million municipal operating budget Monday, when district staff presents the municipality’s financial plan.

Staff will explain department budgets and other financial items at the meeting.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Sooke Municipal Hall.

RELATED: Sooke tax hike tops 5.5%

The budget process has been delayed by more than a month due to unforeseen matters that could have an impact on this year’s budget.

Those item include $75,000 to replace the Murray Road staircase and to provide sewer hookup at 6519 Throup Rd., which could cost taxpayers upwards of $400,000.

Staff and council were hoping to have the budget completed by the end of 2017.

Along with Monday’s meeting, a discussion and presentation on community grants is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Last year, Sooke council passed a budget tax increase of more than 5.5 per cent for residential property owners. Years earlier, taxes ranged near zero per cent.

The budget must be adopted by May 15.

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