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Draft budget shows $40M in 2018 project spending, emphasis on infrastructure

Have your say at open house on Thursday, Feb. 22

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Some early details regarding Whistler's 2018 budget have been revealed ahead of the budget open house on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Draft materials posted to www.whistler.ca/budget on Friday afternoon show an outline of spending over the coming years, but contain no information about tax increases.

The 2018 proposed project list details $40.3 million in spending, more than half of it directed at Infrastructure Services.

At first glance, there appear to be fewer big-ticket items than in previous years.

Some 2018 standouts include $3.2 million for fleet replacement, $2.8 million for the artificial turf field at Bayly Park, $2.2 million to upgrade the Emerald Water System, $2.4 million for sewer main replacement, $1.46 million for community wildfire protection, $1.24 million for Village Square rejuvenation, $1.65 million for road upgrades and $1.6 million to upgrade Day Lot 5.

Have a look at some of the materials, then have your say at the open house on Thursday.

Stay tuned to Pique in the coming weeks for more on the 2018 municipal budget.

PROJECT SPENDING BY DIVISION

MAYOR AND COUNCIL: $10,000

CAO OFFICE

Admin: $230,770

Corporate Economic and Environmental Services: $1,893,355

Human Resources: $10,000

TOTAL: $2,134,125

RESORT EXPERIENCE

Cultural Planning and Development: $50,000

Division Administration: $1,735,802

Resort Operations: $3,875,230

Planning: $6,275,690

TOTAL: $11,936,722

INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES

General Manager: $1,037,650

Transportation: $4,773,958

Central Services: $3,342,000

Solid Waste: $1,265,000

Transit: $60,000

Water Fund: $4,723,500

Sewer Fund: $6,332,000

TOTAL: $21,534,108

CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Finance: $62,500

IT: $943,100

Protective Services: $840,100

Fire Rescue Service: $407,970

Library: $309,650

Recreation: $35,000

Meadow Park Sports Centre: $1,175,438

General: $922,000

TOTAL: $4,695,758

PROJECTS 2018 TOTAL: $40,310,713

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