Strategic Planning and Budgeting Process
In 2019, the District of Oak Bay commenced a new process for strategic planning and budgeting that will continue to evolve over future cycles. The process undertaken to date recognizes that strategic planning and budgeting work was already in stream for 2019.
To assist citizens in understanding and participating in these processes, this web page was created as a central place to access information regarding strategic planning and budgeting.
Oak Bay Council and staff value public input and citizen feedback as we work to enhance these processes. Written comments can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 1G2. Members of the public may also address Council at upcoming meetings. To find meeting details and agenda materials please visit our Minutes and Agendas page.
The median Oak Bay household pays $3000 in annual municipal property taxes. Other money collected through property taxes goes to help pay for schools, the Capital Regional District, the Capital Regional Hospital District, BC Transit and BC Assessment.
Property taxes fund approximately half the District’s budget. Utility and program fees and charges, grants, and reserves fund the remainder.
The Province’s Community Charter sets out that the purposes of a municipality include:
(a) providing for good government of its community,
(b) providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
(c) providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
(d) fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.
It is up to Council to determine which services are appropriate for the community. Provincial legislation sets legislative, financial and procedural parameters on how services are delivered.
As times change and as communities evolve, new issues arise and matters formerly deemed important can become less pressing. It is important that a community regularly revisit the services a municipality delivers to ensure that the service mix and quality remains appropriate.
You are invited to provide feedback to Council on the services you prefer.
How will input be used?
Council will consider feedback captured from this questionnaire prior to finalizing the 2020 municipal budget.
What if I need help?
If you need help to answer the survey, please contact email@example.com.
What if someone doesn’t have online access and wants to participate?
Paper copies of the service level questions will also be available at Municipal Hall January 16 – February 13, 2020. Paper copies must be completed and returned to Oak Bay Municipal Hall by February 13, 2020
Will there be a report out on the results?
Yes, District staff will bring a summary of the results to a Council meeting prior to final budget consideration.
Budget Process Overview
Thank you to those that contributed to the discussion of the 2019-2023 Financial Plan. Council considered your input and the Financial Plan was adopted by bylaw on May 13, 2019, Financial Plan Bylaw 2019, No. 4727.
2019 Citizen Budget Results
2019 marked the second year that the District of Oak Bay offered the online budget simulator tool. The Citizen Budget allows residents to provide input to Council pertaining to their spending priorities regarding funding of services. 95 responses were received, an increase from 47 in 2018.
Summary of Respondents:
The majority of respondents identified themselves as being over 55 years of age (58), living in Oak Bay for 10 years or more (58), and predominantly as property owners (91).
Summary of Results:
The high level results, shown in the table below, indicate a preference for funding to be increased for Engineering and Transportation Services and for transfers to Reserves. Respondents requested that the funding levels for the remaining services should be maintained.
|Fire and Emergency Services||Maintain|
|Engineering and Transportation Services||Increase|
|Parks, Recreation and Culture||Maintain|
|Urban Forest Management||Maintain|
|Building and Planning||Maintain|
|Transfer to Reserves||Increase|
You can view the complete results here. In order to maintain privacy, comments appear in random order per question. Please note that if any inappropriate language, comments pertaining to specific individuals or roles within the organization or disparaging remarks not related to the subject matter were included, they were redacted from the document.
2019 Strategic Planning
Strategic Priorities and Corporate Goals
Process Enhancments and Continuous Improvement
In Person or By Mail: 2167 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 1G2
*** Updated August 26, 2019 ***