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Each year, the City of White Rock provides a Tax Newsletter to go along with that year's Property Tax Notice, which includes a message from White Rock City Council, property tax highlights, and more. 

Image of White Rock City Council and text that reads 2018 Financial Update from your City by the Sea

Message from White Rock City Council


As your Council, we are committed to strengthening our community by creating economic opportunities that enhance our social and public amenity conditions. This is one of the reasons as to why we invest in festivals and events, strategic partnerships, and capital infrastructure projects because we believe in a healthier, accessible, and more welcoming White Rock. And, 2017 was a big year for our City by the Sea.

Special Events: In 2017, the City held 32 community and charitable events, along with six major City led special events to provide opportunities for people to connect, and businesses to attract loyal and new customers. Last year was extra special for the City because we celebrated two major milestones for us as a community and as a country –in April we held two special events celebrating the City’s 60th birthday and two events in the summer celebrating Canada’s 150th; one on July 1, Canada Day by the Bay and the other on August 18, White Rock Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday featuring the Snowbirds Fly for CH.I.L.D.

Strategic Partnerships: To continue to attract residents and visitors to our community, last summer we partnered with the White Rock BIA and TD Bank to bring you the Concerts by the Pier series. We also partnered with the White Rock BIA to provide the free Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley service. And, we are proud to have partnered with the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation to enhance Centennial Park by building an inclusive playground for people of all abilities and all ages. The City is providing the land, maintenance, and $225,000 towards the new playground.

Capital Infrastructure: Public amenities play a big role in making White Rock an attractive place for people to live, work, and visit. Development contributions the City receives help deliver facilities that you, your family, and guests can enjoy. These contributions also reduce the pressure on taxpayers who might otherwise fund these projects. Many of our capital projects are possible thanks to community amenity contributions (CACs) and development contributions costs (DCCs) the City has received from developments. For your information, below is a list of some of the City’s capital projects:

All Abilities & All Ages Playground at Centennial Park: this initiative will enhance the fun and health benefits of an inclusive outside playground for people of all abilities and all ages at Centennial Park.

Johnston Road Streetscape Revitalization: will ultimately improve accessibility, safety and ease of use along Johnston Road and re-establish White Rock’s commercial and cultural ‘high street’ as the gateway into our beautiful City by the Sea. It will also provide a beautiful canopy of trees along the corridor, create areas for seating, including outdoor Café seating along the new widened sidewalks, and revitalize the Town Centre.

Memorial Park & Pier Washroom Upgrade: this major tourist attraction, will have a new pier washroom, a wider promenade at Pier entrance, improved accessibility, flexible plaza space, a splash zone water feature for little ones to enjoy during those hot summer days, green lawn to relax on, more lighting for added safety and ambience during the night, and amphitheater seating so you can enjoy the panoramic ocean view.

Waterfront Parkade: this four-level parking structure at Victoria and Vidal Street will provide a variety of vehicular parking options near the heart of White Rock’s West Beach community, and address the lack of parking concerns raised by, residents, visitors and White Rock businesses; especially on sunny days, during peak season or when there’s a special event.

Water Treatment Plant: through our government relations efforts, in 2017, the City was awarded nearly $12 million through the Clean Water WasteWater Fund (CWWF), which covers 83% of the total project costs for the water treatment plant. The water treatment plant is scheduled to be completed in March 2019 and will provide higher quality drinking water for years to come.

You can learn more about the City’s capital projects by going to www.whiterockcity.ca/CityProjects.

As your Mayor and Council, we are committed to ensuring that new development contributions deliver new facilities and infrastructure, vital to the well-being of White Rock residents; and, in some cases, money is gathered from several projects to deliver much needed benefits to the city, without having to increase your taxes for new facilities and infrastructure.

We recognize that some of the changes happening in our community are long overdue and coinciding with other construction projects. We also understand there will be some challenges as the City undergoes this renewal phase. So, we ask for your continued patience as we work to revitalize our City by the Sea for generations to come.

 

Municipal Tax Levy Table (2015 - 2018)
Tax Year
2015
2016
2017
2018
Municipal Tax Levy 
- 2.89%
- 2.20% 
+ 3.65%
+ 3.60%

In 2018, the municipal tax levy increased by 3.60% compared to 2017. Over the last four years, the average yearly increase in municipal tax levies was at 0.54% per year, so an increase of less than 1% each year. 

The exact impact on an individual property depends on the assessed value of the
property relative to others in the City. Assessed values are determined by BC Assessment.
For more information on property assessments, please visit www.bcassessment.ca.

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