Metro Vancouver’s 2016 BudgetMetro Vancouver’s 2016 Budget<div class="ExternalClass03806EB675FB416EB1F9BB3200EAC542"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s Board recently approved the budget for 2016, at $669.4 million. This is an increase of $15 million over 2015 and represents a $9 increase for the average household in the region. </p><p>The households of the region are not billed for services by Metro Vancouver directly. Instead, required tax requisitions for the regional district functions and user fees for Drinking Water, Liquid Waste and Solid Waste services are collected through participating member municipalities, Tsawwassen First Nation and Electoral Area A property tax and utility billings as applicable.</p><p>The 2016 Metro Vancouver Budget reflects the priorities in the <a href="/about/aboutuspublications/BoardStrategicPlan2015-2018.pdf#search=%27strategic%20plan%27" target="_blank"> <font color="#1b84c9">Board Strategic Plan</font></a> and the <a href="/services/regional-planning/metro-vancouver-2040/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <font color="#1b84c9">2040 Growth Strategy</font></a>. In addition, the utility budgets are driven by the <a href="/services/water/WaterPublications/DWMP-2011.pdf" target="_blank"> <font color="#1b84c9">Drinking Water Management Plan</font></a>, the <a href="/services/liquid-waste/LiquidWastePublications/IntegratedLiquidWasteResourceManagementPlan.pdf#search=%27Integrated%20Liquid%20Waste%20Resource%20Management%20Plan&%27" target="_blank">Integrated Liquid Waste Resource Management Plan and the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan</a>.</p><p>The Metro Vancouver budget development process includes consultation with the participating membership. </p><p>The breakdown of the 2016 Metro Vancouver Budget revenues and expenditures are represented in the following two pie charts.</p><p><img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue15-budget-chart.jpg" alt="" /> </p><p>A high level summary of the 2016 Metro Vancouver Budget can be found in the <a href="/about/programs-budget/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter39&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Budget in Brief with more detailed information here</font></a>.</p><p>The three utilities of Drinking Water, Liquid Waste and Solid Waste contain the majority of the Metro Vancouver budgets. Some of the budget highlights of these areas are:</p> <p>Drinking Water:</p><p><em>Capital infrastructure program - $179.5 million; Development of a Comprehensive Regional Water System Plan; Undertake regional water conservation campaign; Secure additional water allocation for the Coquitlam source.</em></p><p>Liquid Waste:</p><p><em>Capital infrastructure program - $126.0 million; Expansion of source control and environmental monitoring programs; Development of strategies to improve resiliency of the liquid waste system to climate change and seismic risks; Identify climate change impacts on infrastructure.</em></p><p>Solid Waste:</p><p><em>Capital infrastructure program - $17.2 million; Waste reduction and recycling initiatives including continued implementation of the organics and clean wood disposal bans; Transfer station upgrades, development and redevelopment projects; Waste-to-Energy environmental initiatives.</em></p><p>In addition to the major utilities there are numerous actions that, while smaller in duration and budget, contribute greatly to the livability of our region. Some of these initiatives are as follows: </p><blockquote><ul><li>Develop and implement an integrated regional climate action strategy</li><li>Implement energy and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives</li><li>Develop tools and processes that contribute to <a href="/services/regional-planning/agriculture/about/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter39&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">agricultural land</font></a> protection and viability</li><li>Official opening of Surrey Bend Regional Park in conjunction with the City of Surrey</li><li>Complete construction of <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217632014" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre</font></a></li><li>Initiate an Official Community Plan for <a href="/services/electoral-area-a/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter39&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Electoral Area A</font></a></li><li>Phase I of <a href="/services/housing/projects/heather-place/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter39&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Heather Place</font></a> affordable housing redevelopment</li><li>Continue (second year) survey to update the high precision monuments in the <a href="/gnss?utm_source=newsletter39&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank"><font color="#1b84c9">Regional GPS system</font></a></li></ul></blockquote><p><strong>Longer-term Perspective</strong></p><p>While Metro Vancouver uses long-term planning, the organization, until now, has traditionally prepared and set annual budgets (supported by longer-term plans). Moving forward, the organization will adopt the practice of preparing a five-year financial plan, which is consistent with the practice of our participating members. </p><p>This longer term perspective is centred around the impacts of service levels adjustments, resource requirements and Metro Vancouver’s significant utilities’ infrastructure. Infrastructure priorities are assessed in terms of five categories (examples provided in each); </p><blockquote><ul><li>Growth (population, employment and dwellings)</li><li>Upgrades (regulated expectations driven by legislation such as upgrading treatment plants to meet new Federal regulations, or unregulated improvements such as improved odour control)</li><li>Risk and resilience (seismic upgrades, securing marine pipe crossings, adapting to climate change and natural hazards)</li><li>Maintenance (refurbishment of assets) and </li><li>Opportunity (energy recovery from water or wastewater, riparian habitat improvements, resource recovery). </li></ul></blockquote><p>The first of the Five-year financial plans will be presented in the spring of 2016.</p></div>|#6818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa;L0|#06818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa|Issue 16;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass542A58B0E6154ADB8478C535D193E0DC">Metro Vancouver's Board recently approved the budget for 2016, at $669.4 million - a $9 increase for the average household in the region. Read about major revenues and expenditures, decision making criteria and long range planning. </div>0