Sechelt Council is supporting a special levy on property owners to create a fund for replacing things like roads and storm sewers.
The District’s Finance Advisory Committee is suggesting the special “Infrastructure Renewal Levy” be set at $182, but Council isn’t ready to decide yet how much to charge or when to start.
Mayor John Henderson says Sechelt, like a lot of other municipalities in the province, needs to take a hard look at how it’s going to pay for infrastruture.
Other municipalities are using a mix of strategies to put aside money for infrastructure: Gibsons is using a 1 per cent tax increase, and Nanaimo has increased water and sewer user fees.
There’s also good news for some property owners. The District is looking to refund about $241-thousand in sewer parcel taxes paid by property owners who were never hooked up. The details are still being worked out.