Budget 2014

The District of Squamish 2014 Financial Planning process is complete.

Updated Budget Documents

E-TOWN HALL - March 12, 2014

District of Squamish Council invited the community to an E-Town Hall meeting to hear a 2014 budget overview presentation, and offer comments and/or questions to Council.

  • Date: March 12, 2014
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Council Chambers, and streamed live on our website.

The E-Town Hall format allowed for comments and questions to be heard from those in attendance at the meeting, as well as those viewing from home.

A staff presentation of the budget was followed by an open question and answer period with Council. Questions and comments were taken in person from those in the room. Questions and comments were also submitted electronically or by phone during the meeting. The budget presentation was posted online for viewers to follow along.

Comments received from those watching from home were shared real-time with Council and received an immediate response during the meeting, while time permitted. Comments could be submitted in any one of the following ways during the meeting:


  • Workshops are streamed live. Click here to view.
  • Archived workshops can also be viewed here.
  • Public are invited to attend in person in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall.


Respond: All comments and questions will be shared with Council and can be submitted via:

November 19 workshop Materials

A full day Council Workshop took place November 19, 2013 where Council was presented with the documents below. These documents have formed the basis for discussion over the past several weeks.

     All Workshop Materials provided to Council are available as links below, and have been broken out into sections to aim to present the vast amount of material in a digestible format.


Submitting comments

Comments can be submitted online two ways: public or private.

Public comments will appear at the bottom of this page, private comments will be shared with Council but will not appear on this page.

To submit private comments, please click here. To submit comments publicly, please use the form at the bottom of this page. (The 'public comment' function of our website requires you to enter your email address in case we need to respond to you by email. Your email address will not be displayed publicly on this page, and the District of Squamish does not share your email address or use it for anything other than responding to your specific comment or question, if required).

Please keep comments constructive and respectful. Comments which include slander and name calling will be removed.


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  • dave colledge Mar 14, 2014, 11:46 PM (8 years ago)

    Rather than complain about our policing costs you should really be looking at the senior staff on payroll. The cost associated with them is running in the 150 k range . We have directors and no doubt assistant directors , managers , assistant managers , coordinators , assitnt coordinator , municipal propaganda (spokeswomen)events coordinator . These are the positions that are easily removed and would have very little impact on the taxpayers and there would be no need to place user fees on the fields. Isn't the reason we pay taxes is for these things and not salaries for the senior bureaucrats. This council does not understand this concept obviously and should be kicked to the kerb, all of hem..

  • dave colledge Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 PM (8 years ago)

    Instead of putting user fees on the fields how about getting rid of some senior bloat in the district . You don't need a new muni hall just downsize the senior staff until you fit . We need a total change in the elected group and keep changing until they start behaving like the tail instead of the dog they think they are currently .

  • Rob Gerard Mar 10, 2014, 12:18 PM (8 years ago)

    First, kudos to the person who compiled the 4-page budget summary – great job. Budget: the police budget is absolutely outrageous. It cannot possibly be justified. The largest expense of a community like ours should not be security/ protection services! I understand the issue is of course paying RCMP wages, holidays, benefits etc. with little control over it - you now have pimple faced barely out of school constables making more than $70k/year. Please look beyond the tired old “you need so many cops per resident” argument and RCMP “under-staffed” – absolute nonsense. Never once ever has there been a police detachment saying their budget is sufficient. Please have the courage to cut this outrageous expense.

  • dr peter austen Mar 9, 2014, 10:51 AM (8 years ago)

    12% last year and 6% this year and many people working for 6 figure incomes in the DOS. We are pensioners on fixed incomes. 18% in 2years or 50$ a month is bonkers. Cut some of the the admin staff and selected programs. I am seriously thinking of moving. Big budget increases are anathema in the USA . Why not here? Goodbye DOS council at election time .

  • dave colledge Feb 27, 2014, 10:18 PM (8 years ago)

    Our elected council never has a serious look at the costs, they try to derive more revenue . The LNG has less than 3% chance of happening yet the council seems to be counting on the extra tax revenue rather than managing current costs

  • dave colledge Feb 26, 2014, 10:59 AM (8 years ago)

    It seems as the only way to show our dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our council is to vote eah and every member out . It really doesn't matter who we vote for as long as it isn't this group . If the new council elected doesn't do any better, toss them . Until we get a group that understands they are the tail of the dog and respond to the wishes and needs of the taxpayer . This group seems to think they are the dog and the taxpayers are the tail , sorry you are wrong .

  • dave colledge Feb 13, 2014, 10:49 PM (8 years ago)

    I get a kick out of Raiser , he has everything municipally all worked out , now he has time to worry about a federal issue . Meanwhile the muni's finances are a mess and that is ALL he was elected and paid to do. Keep up the good work, thinking about your next job?

  • dave colledge Jan 23, 2014, 2:23 PM (8 years ago)

    The authorities have to cut useful things like the animals shelter in order to pay for the events coordinater , the municipal propaganda person , I mean spokesperson and who knows how many else there are .

  • Joyce Lynes Jan 19, 2014, 11:49 PM (8 years ago)

    Can we get hooked up to the city sewer system in brackendale please instead of having holding tanks in our yards full of sewage? Also the SPCA is the only place that helps cats & small animals in need they are fantastic & am grateful for everything they have done. Please don't cut them from the budget we need them.

  • dave colledge Dec 23, 2013, 2:02 PM (8 years ago)

    Marketing action plan, wow . How about doing something novel and cut expenses to people coming up with stupid ideas like that. Quit trying to get more revenue and focus on cutting back on bureaucratic heavyeights . If you cut out a few directors ,managers and assistant managers there will be plenty of money to give increases to plow operators. I won't even charge for that idea . C

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