New information and updates: May 25, 2018

The following FAQs have been added to the website:

How would amalgamation affect residential taxes?

If residents vote in favour of amalgamation, the tax rates for the new municipality will be determined by the new council, however the Technical Report provides an analysis of the potential residential property tax changes if amalgamation proceeds.

The Technical Report has projected that if residents choose amalgamation, the automatic impacts to residential property taxation would be negligible: the elimination of the police bridging levy (currently, only paid Duncan residents) by amalgamating the two municipalities is likely to result in slightly lower taxes for Duncan residents and slightly higher taxes for North Cowichan residents.

For comparative purposes, the Technical Report values have been adjusted to show impact per $100,000 assessed value.

For more detailed information on residential property taxes, as well as details on industrial and business property taxes, we encourage you to review pages 81 – 92 of the Technical Report.

If amalgamation proceeds, what would be the role of a Transition Consultant?

Should amalgamation proceed, a Transition Consultant would be hired to recommend options for consolidating services, regulations and bylaws, in the process of becoming one municipality.

The Transition Consultant would report jointly to the current Councils, and subsequently to the new council, providing a recommended transition strategy and implementation plan, as well as recommendations on the order in which items need to be addressed. Responsibilities of the Transition Consultant would include the following tasks:

  • Developing a communications protocol for the joint council to endorse
  • Recommending an appropriate organizational structure, staffing plan and suggested timing to facilitate effective and efficient delivery of municipal services for the newly created municipality
  • Recommending space plan options to accommodate the municipal administration and operations
  • Recommending priorities and suggested timing for bylaw and policy harmonization
  • Recommending any service contracts that should be consolidated, renegotiated or cancelled
  • Making recommendations for a community engagement process to come up with a new name for the amalgamated municipality

More information on municipal reorganization tasks, should amalgamation proceed, can be found on pages 100-105 of the Technical Report.