Sooke council gets first look at municipal budget on Monday

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.

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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.