North Saanich Council has approved the 2020 Budget which reflects an average tax increase of 1.9% for business properties and 3.29% for residential properties. In response to the potential impact of COVID-19, the $50 water infrastructure replacement tax increase was deferred to 2021, lowering the tax increase for an average residence to $41.
Council also agreed to waive utility fee late payment penalties for the February 24, 2020 billing cycle and extend the payment deadline of the June billing from July 31 to September 30, 2020.
“Council considered how we could best support our community through these difficult times,” said Mayor Geoff Orr. “We chose to waive utility bill late fees as a way to support those who are struggling financially through this health crisis. But we ask that if you can afford to pay on time, please do. We also continue to monitor the evolving fiscal reality for business and residents and are prepared to amend the financial plan if necessary.”
For budget highlights, visit northsaanich.ca/budget