Langley Township Councillor Kim Richter.

Langley Township Councillor Kim Richter.

Green light on Langley Township tax increase

The Township’s property tax rate will go up 3.99 per cent.

Langley Township council approved its property tax rate for 2017, increasing taxes 3.99 per cent for local landowners.

The property tax increase includes a 1.95-per-cent base increase and a 2.04-per-cent increase for additional items.

The increases for additional items included a wide range of projects, including:

• $1.2 million for future infrastructure; and

• $213,000 for protective services, which includes fire and RCMP.

There were numerous smaller items in the budget, ranging from hiring a maintenance worker to the cost of cleaning up homeless camps.

Coun. Kim Richter was the only council member to vote against the final adoption of the budget.

The brunt of the tax increase will fall on seniors, particularly those in rural areas who are on fixed incomes but have seen the assessed value of their land increase dramatically, said Richter.

 

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