Langley Township taxes raised to cover Mounties, roads, and litter

Property taxes will go up again this year in the Township.

Township council approved a 3.93 per cent property tax increase for 2016, up slightly from last year’s 3.69 per cent tax increase.

Along with increases to the water, sewer, and solid waste fees, it means approximately $63 a year in extra taxes for a typical Township household.

The budget passed on a six to three vote, with Councillors Petrina Arnason, Kim Richter, and Michelle Sparrow opposed.

Included in the budget are funds of $320,000 for two new RCMP officers – one to patrol the Willoughby area and an extra school liaison officer – and $537,500 for the road paving program.

Another $537,500 will be put toward a capital infrastructure replacement reserve program.

There is also $100,000 set aside for an anti-litter strategy that aims to reduce illegal dumping, and $145,000 to cover the increasing costs of maintaining the Township’s vehicles and public works equipment.

With the two new Mounties, Langley Township will have hired five new RCMP officers in the last two years.

Langley City was also contemplating hiring new RCMP officers this year. City and Township officers work out of the same detachment.

 

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