Langley Township property tax increase drops by half in face of COVID-19

‘We do understand there’s hardship out there,’ Township Mayor Jack Froese expressed

Langley Township council unanimously approved a budget on Monday with a reduced tax increase of two per cent across the board, roughly half what had been proposed.

Mayor Jack Froese explained the reduction was accomplished by postponing some projects and internal borrowing.

Mayor and council recognized that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Township residents and business owners are to face a number of fiscal challenges.

Froese noted that the average annual tax increase “before this pandemic” was near 4.02 per cent.

“Taxes still had to rise a certain amount to cover higher mandatory costs such as police,” Froese told the Langley Advance Times.

As well, the penalty for later payment of taxes has been reduced from five per cent to 1.75 per cent if a payment isn’t made by July.

RELATED: More cops, higher business taxes under proposed Langley Township plan

Councillor Bob Long called it a “COVID-19 budget,” saying the Township had accidentally benefited from taking longer than most municipalities to approve a budget.

Coun. Kim Richter said “I’m really happy that we’re pulling the taxes back for everybody.”

Coun. David Davis said these are uncertain times and council has “got to do what we can do” to ease the burden for taxpayers.

Coun. Steve Ferguson said the Township had to “roll up its sleeves” and do whatever it could to ease the tax burden.

Coun. Blair Whitmarsh called it an “excellent move.”

READ MORE: Tax increase of 3.85 per cent coming for Langley Township property owners

Coun. Eric Woodward said the Township was one of the last municipalities in the region to approve a budget.

“What we can do, we must,” Woodward said.

(Update: Unanimous approval was given to the tax increase during an afternoon council meeting on Friday, March 27)

In January, council was informed by Township staff that the cost “to keep the lights on” would result in a 4.12 per cent tax increase.

Its increasing costs were driven by provincial taxes, and an increase in salary for unionized employees.

Last year, the Township passed a budget with a 3.85 per cent tax increase.

Previously, Township property owners saw increases of 2.47 per cent in 2018, 3.99 per cent in 2017, 3.93 per cent in 2016, and 3.69 per cent in 2015.

[Mayoral message for Township residents]

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

VIDEO: Medea Ebrahimian mourned by friends and family

Memorial held for one the of three found dead at a house fire in Langley Meadows last month

LETTER: Police education and reform best solution

Langley man disagrees with defunding law enforcement, but says change is needed

LETTER: Politicians should be held accountable for their decisions

Another letter writer is critical of Langley Township’s handling of the Yorkson community park

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce to hold series of COVID-related webinars

Tourism updates, Canada Emergency Response Benefit details, and public speaking workshops expected

Langley seniors centre offers food care and tax help but no recreation

The seniors facility has announced a partial reopening with limited services

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

Most Read