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B.C.: 9.5% property tax increase proposed in Surrey budget for policing transition costs

by The Canadian Parvasi

Centre Court Developments

In its Budget released in Saturday, the Surrey City Council proposed a 16.5% increase in property tax for 2023, which is largely being attributed to cover costs of the policing transition from the RCMP to the Surrey Police.

In a news release about the budget on Saturday, the city stated that a decision on Surrey policing is yet to be made, but the budget is based on the presumption that RCMP will stay as the police of jurisdiction.

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Maintaining the Surrey RCMP will cost about $235 million less than the transition, however,”there remains a shortfall of $116.6 million created by the transition process.”

Aditionally, the budget also tables a seven per cent increase to the property tax accounting for inflation while undertaking general city-wide operations, and also, for 2023, for the hire of an additional 25 police officers, 20 firefighters and 10 bylaw officers, costing the average family in the city an extra $161 for the year, details the news release,

To fund the undertaking of the transition, the city also proposed a 9.5% General Property Tax rise, leading the average Surrey family to shell out $219 more in property taxes the next year, media reports detail.

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