Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Tax Bills arrive in mail, State of the City presentation invites as well; with Mayor to host public forum June 28th at Lester Centre

Well rested after the first long weekend for the soon to be summer of 2022, Rupertites returned to their daily routines on Tuesday, many to find a greeting from the City of Prince Rupert in their mailboxes by the end of the day.

The annual spring migration for the 2022 City Tax Bills has begun the journey across the city. 

This years tax notice providing a significant jump for many residents, as increased home valuations and a tax increase of 3.63% for 2022, delivered what will be a dip into the savings accounts for many for the 4th of July deadline for payment.

Also included in the tax notices was the annual Letter from the Mayor, the last of the correspondences for the incumbent Lee Brain, who will be stepping down from his post following the October municipal vote.

Among some of the themes from the Mayor's final tax time address were a review of the Budget Highlights of the tax increase, which included a note on inflationary costs,  an increase to policing costs due to a negotiated increase in pay from the RCMP union and allocation to reserves for emergency water repairs.

Mr. Brain also shared a few items of note from the year as the Council works to 'forge a new path forward for Prince Rupert'

Among the overview from the Mayor's list: 

The transformation of Watson Island from the city's largest liability to that of a revenue generator 

Investments made to critical infrastructure through the access of grant funding

Replacement of the Water Dam and progress towards a new water treatment system

Construction of the new landfill cell and launch of the curbside recycling program

Increase to paving budget, start of the replacement of the RCMP detachment and the introduction of a innovative wastewater treatment process, which if successful will save the City 100 million from original estimates.

The Mayor also noted how the City has built upon the ReDesign Rupert 2030 Vision plan, observing as to the development of a new Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws.

As well he outlines the new incentives towards renewal of the downtown, speaks of the partnerships for the Cow Bay Marina and Rushbrook Trail and put some focus on the new Seal Cove Salt Marsh recreation area and the plans for CN Heritage building.

Housing also gets a short overview, noting of the new housing policy, the recent move to allow for more secondary suites and the ongoing sale of public land for housing use.

It being his last message at tax time, he also provides for a farewell with hopes for the direction the city is moving towards.

"While we can be proud of how far we have come as a community, we all know there's so much more to do. 

Although I am resigning my post this election, I'm confident in our community's direction moving Prince Rupert forward - into 2022 and beyond. 

Thank you for all of your support over the years. It has fuelled us to do the heavy lifting required for this community to reach new heights" -- Mayor Lee Brain

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Residents of the city will have a chance to hear those themes reviewed in person, with the Mayor to host a State of the City Presentation on Tuesday, June 28th at the Lester Centre.

The Tax Notices were issued following the work of City staff in the finance department through the Budget Process of earlier this year, the final tax amount secured in the Tax Bylaw by Council's Vote earlier this month.

You can track the full Budget process through our archive page here.

A review of some of the work of Council can be explored through our Council Discussion archives.


  1. "Although I am resigning my post this election"

    You are choosing not to run for re-election. Do not make it sound like you are resigning.

    Take some time to get over yourself after your June 28th Ted Talk.

  2. I am curious about the mayor's statements. Has the city obtained the necessary permits from the provincial government to operate the new landfill cell?

    It is fine to say you have increased the paving budget. Adding one more dollar to the previous budget is an increase. The question is does the increase in paving budget even come close to keeping up with inflation. I will hazard a guess we are going backward or at best doing the same amount of patching as pervious years.

  3. Will the State of the City presentation have an In Memoriam Feature to showcase all of the businesses that have been claimed by fires over the past decade?

  4. While I understand that City of Prince Rupert likes to view themselves as an economic engine. The point to make here is that the taxpayer should always be front of mind. This taxpayer hopes the path forward in the community is paved with more fiscal restraint.

    Here are the 2020 SOFI's from Prince Rupert and Terrace to use as an example.

    Prince Rupert -

    Terrace -

    Has our CFO made every attempt to offset a tax increases by finding vendor cost savings?

    - Municipal insurance payments
    - BC Transit
    - Northwest Fuels + Chevron Canada
    - Central Square Software, would increased adoption of this software lead to a reduction of municipal administrative costs?

    FYI, in 2020 City of Terrace telecom ( non cellular) services was under $25 001. City of Prince Rupert was invoiced $152,602 by Citywest for internet services.

    Then there is the salary elephant in the room.