Budget 2021

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Every year City Council and staff work together to develop the City's annual budget and Five-Year Financial Plan.

City services impact your everyday life. Each time you borrow a book from the library, have your garbage or recycling picked up, drink clean water from the tap, or have emergency services rush to your aid – you are using a City of Castlegar service.

That’s why the City’s budget is so important – it’s about setting our collective goals and building a great city. It determines the level of service provided to Castlegar residents and guides decisions on what City infrastructure will be purchased, built and repaired.

The budget serves as an outline for how money that comes into the City should be spent to maintain and improve the City. The City is limited in the number of resources available and the budget helps determine which objectives have the highest priority and will produce the greatest positive impact on the community. 

The 2021 operating and capital budgets were reviewed by City Council on December 16, 2020, after three productive budget meetings. Before Council adopts the budget in early 2021, they want to hear your thoughts on the Draft 2021 Budget.


Have Your Say

How the City invests and spends your tax dollars is one of the most important decisions made by Council each year.

We want to hear your thoughts on the Draft 2021 Budget and the proposed tax increase. Share your feedback the following ways:

1. Provide comments on this page by January 15, 2021

2. Email via budget@castlegar.ca by January 15, 2021

3. Join one of our online open houses on January 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.


About the City Budget

Operating Budget

The operating budget covers day-to-day spending on services such as parks maintenance, public health, city roads, police and other emergency services. Approximately 55 per cent of the funds for the operating budget comes from property taxes. The remainder comes from provincial grants and subsidies, as well as user fees.

Capital Budget

The capital budget funds the City’s infrastructure that supports service delivery. It pays for the construction and repair of roads, public buildings such as libraries, fire stations, and parks. The City of Castlegar updates and presents a new 5-year Capital Budget and Plan each year as part of the budget process. The capital budget is primarily funded from reserves, grants from other levels of government and borrowing.

Rate-supported Programs

The City also has three rate or user-pay supported programs: water, sewer, and garbage. These programs are funded entirely by the user in the form of fees. For example, water costs are calculated by how much water is used. In turn, the revenue collected from these user fees pays for the services that are provided and the infrastructure to deliver them.




Every year City Council and staff work together to develop the City's annual budget and Five-Year Financial Plan.

City services impact your everyday life. Each time you borrow a book from the library, have your garbage or recycling picked up, drink clean water from the tap, or have emergency services rush to your aid – you are using a City of Castlegar service.

That’s why the City’s budget is so important – it’s about setting our collective goals and building a great city. It determines the level of service provided to Castlegar residents and guides decisions on what City infrastructure will be purchased, built and repaired.

The budget serves as an outline for how money that comes into the City should be spent to maintain and improve the City. The City is limited in the number of resources available and the budget helps determine which objectives have the highest priority and will produce the greatest positive impact on the community. 

The 2021 operating and capital budgets were reviewed by City Council on December 16, 2020, after three productive budget meetings. Before Council adopts the budget in early 2021, they want to hear your thoughts on the Draft 2021 Budget.


Have Your Say

How the City invests and spends your tax dollars is one of the most important decisions made by Council each year.

We want to hear your thoughts on the Draft 2021 Budget and the proposed tax increase. Share your feedback the following ways:

1. Provide comments on this page by January 15, 2021

2. Email via budget@castlegar.ca by January 15, 2021

3. Join one of our online open houses on January 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.


About the City Budget

Operating Budget

The operating budget covers day-to-day spending on services such as parks maintenance, public health, city roads, police and other emergency services. Approximately 55 per cent of the funds for the operating budget comes from property taxes. The remainder comes from provincial grants and subsidies, as well as user fees.

Capital Budget

The capital budget funds the City’s infrastructure that supports service delivery. It pays for the construction and repair of roads, public buildings such as libraries, fire stations, and parks. The City of Castlegar updates and presents a new 5-year Capital Budget and Plan each year as part of the budget process. The capital budget is primarily funded from reserves, grants from other levels of government and borrowing.

Rate-supported Programs

The City also has three rate or user-pay supported programs: water, sewer, and garbage. These programs are funded entirely by the user in the form of fees. For example, water costs are calculated by how much water is used. In turn, the revenue collected from these user fees pays for the services that are provided and the infrastructure to deliver them.




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