Have Your Say: Rossland’s Citizen Budget Consultation

The City of Rossland invites you to use this interactive budget simulator to help us understand your priorities and to provide feedback to Council on various city services. The results of the exercise will be reviewed by City Council and shared with the public as part of the budget process.

This budget simulator highlights the difficult choices that must be made that directly impact the taxes you pay and level of services the City of Rossland can provide.

If you have any questions or have technical difficulties please contact City Hall by email or call 250.362.7396. You may also come in to City Hall to complete your survey online.

Step 1: Enter your property assessment value in the box below to determine how your tax dollars are invested. Note that this online tool only works with Residential Assessment Values, not values from other assessment classes. There are several different options you can choose:

Step 2: Review each service description, then either answer the questions or move the slider to the (+) side to increase your contribution or to the (-) side to decrease your contribution to indicate the desired amount of tax dollars that you feel should be allocated to that service.

Step 3: Check out the Summary at the end to see how your decisions have impacted your property taxes.

Step 4: Fill out the Tell Us About Yourself section and hit SUBMIT. You will be brought to your own dedicated results page, where you can share on social media and encourage your friends and family to complete the survey.

Chart info: Your Tax Notice includes taxes from the City of Rossland (top) and several other taxing authorities (bottom). Figures below reflect the default assessment amount, if you enter a different assessment amount these values will change accordingly. Hover over the piechart slices to view the percentage allocated to each service. Hover over the color dots in the legend to view placement of each service in the pie chart. The taxes collected on behalf of Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) are targeted to specific funds that the City of Rossland subscribes to.

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Community Support Learn more

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Library, Museum, other Grant in Aid funding to local organizations to enhance the social framework of society and increase the attractiveness of Rossland from both social and cultural perspectives.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Community Support?
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If you selected a partial or full increase in tax funding for Community Support please select the organization(s) that you would like to see have increased funding:


(Please refer to Learn More link to link to various Community Support areas)

"If you selected a partial or full <em>increase</em> in tax funding for Community Support please select the organization(s) that you would like to see have increased funding:"
If you selected a partial or full decrease in tax funding for Community Support please select the organization(s) that you would like to see have decreased funding:


(Please refer to Learn More link to link to various Community Support areas)

"If you selected a partial or full <em>decrease</em> in tax funding for Community Support please select the organization(s) that you would like to see have decreased funding:"

Environmental Health Learn more

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Garbage Collection and Clean-Up Programs:

76% of this budget is raised through Garbage user fees on your Utility billing and the remainder through taxation.

Changes in funding levels affect pickup frequency, service expansion/reduction, and spring/fall cleanup programs.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Environmental Health?
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Protective Services Learn more

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Bylaw Enforcement, Animal Control, and Building Inspection:

Bylaw Enforcement and Animal Control are overseen by Corporate Services under General Government and some Bylaw Enforcement services are contracted out on a part time basis.

Animal Control includes contracted SPCA services to care for lost dogs and cats, as well as required bylaw enforcement activities.

Building Inspection is managed by Planning under Planning, Development and Engineering.

Service levels impact the enforcement of city bylaws that are created to encourage the respectfulness of individual rights in a community setting.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Protective Services?
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If you selected a partial or full increase in tax funding for Bylaw Enforcement and Animal Control please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>increase</em> in tax funding for Bylaw Enforcement and Animal Control please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:"
If you selected a partial or full decrease in tax funding for Bylaw Enforcement and Animal Control please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>decrease</em> in tax funding for Bylaw Enforcement and Animal Control please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:"

Recreation and Culture Learn more

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Recreation events/programming, facility maintenance for arena/curling, pool, park/downtown/trails maintenance, Miners Hall, Seniors Hall, tennis courts, museum, library, and daycare:

The local government is not legislatively required to provide recreation and culture as an essential service as it is with infrastructure management and protective services; however, historical trends show that there is increasing demand from the public for recreation support and governments have responded accordingly.

The gap between user fees and actual costs are recovered through taxation and it is up to individual communities to find a balance between user pay and taxation.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Recreation and Culture?


Figures shown represent annual gross operating expenses only. Note that revenues are not included in this total and capital investment is not included in this total. For example: Pool Operating Expenses total $92,254 but there is also Pool Revenue of $45,000 which is accounted for in General Revenue and an allocation of $10,000 for capital upgrades in the Capital Budget.

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If you selected a partial or full increase in tax funding for Recreation and Culture please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>increase</em> in tax funding for Recreation and Culture please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:"
If you selected a partial or full decrease in tax funding for Recreation and Culture please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>decrease</em> in tax funding for Recreation and Culture please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:"

Transportation and Public Works Learn more

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Public Works administration and maintenance of roadways, sidewalks, snow removal/snowplowing, catch basins, sanding, street lighting, and fleet maintenance:

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Transportation and Public Works?
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If you selected a partial or full increase in tax funding for Transportation and Public Works please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>increase</em> in tax funding for Transportation and Public Works please select the service that you would like to see have increased funding:"
If you selected a partial or full decrease in tax funding for Transportation and Public Works please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:
"If you selected a partial or full <em>decrease</em> in tax funding for Transportation and Public Works please select the service that you would like to see have decreased funding:"

Planning, Development and Engineering Learn more

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This department is responsible for long range planning and sustainability through the Official Plan and Sustainability Plan and land use development matters, including Development Related Bylaws and Development Applications (Zoning, Variances, Subdivisions, Development Permits).

In addition, this budget is allocated towards engineering consulting services for infrastructure related assessments and plans of which 55% of total budget was funded by Special Project Grants in 2017.

It also oversees Building permits and inspection services such as Building Inspections, Business License Inspections, City Facility Inspections and also coordinates Municipal land related Services, Mapping and GIS Services and Heritage Projects.

Have you ever used the Planning and Development Services?
"Have you ever used the Planning and Development Services?"
If so, which?
"If so, which?"
Were you satisfied with your service level? 
"Were you satisfied with your service level? "
Based on the assessment entered, this is what you paid towards this service in 2017

Capital Renewal and Replacement Learn more

This is funded by an annual allocation to replace and renew extensive City infrastructure, (buildings, roads, sidewalks, lighting, water, sewer) in current and future years. It represents approximately 16% of the residential tax bill.

Additional fee structure information:

Water and Sewer: Fees are charged through the Utility billing system and this revenue funds operating and capital infrastructure. The City billing includes a fixed rate and a variable rate based on actual consumption to encourage water conservation and extend the life of water and sewer assets.

Regional Sewer Utility: Fees are contractually due to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary for wastewater treatment and are based on actual flows. This is another reason taxpayers are billed for water consumption based on actual usage. The more that taxpayers turn on the water, the more that flows down to the wastewater treatment plant for which the City is billed for.

Would you like to see a dedicated line on your tax bill that shows an allocation to a Capital Infrastructure Reserve?
"Would you like to see a dedicated line on your tax bill that shows an allocation to a Capital Infrastructure Reserve?"
Would you like to see more or less tax dollars dedicated to infrastructure?
"Would you like to see more or less tax dollars dedicated to infrastructure?"
Based on the assessment entered, this is what you paid towards this service in 2017 (not including Water, Sewer and Regional Sewer Utilities)

General Government Learn more

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Council, Administration, Debt Servicing, Finance, Information Technology (IT), Audit, and Insurance:

This category is focused on the people, processes and technologies that allow the City organization to run efficiently and effectively to deliver programs and services to the community. This category provides advisory, information and service functions to Town Council, staff and the public, and provides management and support services necessary in a timely manner to meet legislative and reporting requirements.

Thinking about the City Hall operations of the City, how would you rate your overall level of satisfaction with the quality of services provided by the City of Rossland?
"Thinking about the City Hall operations of the City, how would you rate your overall level of satisfaction with the quality of services provided by the City of Rossland?"
What factors do you consider important in forming this response?
"What factors do you consider important in forming this response?"
As a resident of the City of Rossland, what are the top five issues that should receive the greatest attention from your local government?
"As a resident of the City of Rossland, what are the top five issues that should receive the greatest attention from your local government?"
Based on the assessment entered, this is what you paid towards this service in 2017

Summary

Tell Us About Yourself

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".