Sooke council sets dates to discuss 2018 budget

Budget deliberations begin March 21

Sooke councillors have picked dates to debate the district’s five year financial plan.

The discussions will occur March 21, where staff will present department budgets, and March 26, where council will consult the public.

The public is encouraged to attend the March 26 meeting but can also find an online draft of the budget through the District’s website.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at Sooke Municipal Hall.

RELATED: Sooke tax hike tops 5.5%

Staff and council were hoping to have the budget completed by the end of 2017, due to unforeseen matters that could have an impact on this year’s budget.

The District of Sooke has an annual budget of $20 million.

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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