Saanich Budget

2019 Financial Plan

Meeting schedule

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2019 Budget presentations

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Previous Financial Plans

Budget process

The Community Charter requires local governments to approve a five-year Financial Plan bylaw each year before they adopt the annual property tax bylaw. We also often refer to the Financial Plan as the Budget. Please review our Municipal Budget document [PDF - 4.3 MB] to learn about Saanich’s budget process.  Financial planning happens all year. The cycle begins in June and continues until May when Council adopts the plan.

June to August – departmental work plans

Council establish Budget Guidelines for the upcoming budget. Each department prepares a work plan. It contains major activities to accomplish in the coming year like Strategic Plan projects.

August to October – departmental financial plans

Based on the activities, departments compile budgets. They list expected costs and estimated revenue.

October to January – draft Financial Plan preparation

Finance compiles all budgets to make a draft financial plan. We compare the draft to the current strategic plan to ensure consistency.

February to April – public budget meetings

We set several public meetings. There, each department presents its portion of the financial plan. This allows for public scrutiny and input.

May – Financial Plan and bylaws adopted

We revise the plan based on public input and Council priorities until we reach a final version. That final version allows us to develop the Financial Plan Bylaw. In the Bylaw, we set the property tax revenue we need. This in turn forms the basis for your tax rates. Council may amend the financial plan by bylaw at any time during the five-year period.