Budget Questionnaire

To help Oak Bay Municipal Council understand community priorities, we asked Oak Bay residents to provide feedback on the types of services and related quality and or quantity of services below. The questionnaire was open until February 13, 2020 and the report on the findings will be presented to Oak Bay Municipal Council at the February 20, 2020 Financial Planning meeting. The report on the findings is available here and the Draft Financial Plan - Version 4 is available here.

The median Oak Bay household pays $3000 in annual municipal property taxes. Other money collected through property taxes goes to help pay for schools, the Capital Regional District, the Capital Regional Hospital District, BC Transit and BC Assessment.

Property taxes fund approximately half the District’s budget. Utility and program fees and charges, grants, and reserves fund the remainder.

The Province's Community Charter sets out that the purposes of the municipality include:

(a) providing for good government of its community,
(b) providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
(c) providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
(d) fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.

It is up to Council to determine which services are appropriate for the community. Provincial legislation sets legislative, financial and procedural parameters on how services are delivered.

As times change and as communities evolve, new issues arise and matters formerly deemed important can become less pressing. It is important that a community regularly revisit the services a municipality delivers to ensure that the service mix and quality remains appropriate.


To help Oak Bay Municipal Council understand community priorities, we asked Oak Bay residents to provide feedback on the types of services and related quality and or quantity of services below. The questionnaire was open until February 13, 2020 and the report on the findings will be presented to Oak Bay Municipal Council at the February 20, 2020 Financial Planning meeting. The report on the findings is available here and the Draft Financial Plan - Version 4 is available here.

The median Oak Bay household pays $3000 in annual municipal property taxes. Other money collected through property taxes goes to help pay for schools, the Capital Regional District, the Capital Regional Hospital District, BC Transit and BC Assessment.

Property taxes fund approximately half the District’s budget. Utility and program fees and charges, grants, and reserves fund the remainder.

The Province's Community Charter sets out that the purposes of the municipality include:

(a) providing for good government of its community,
(b) providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
(c) providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
(d) fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.

It is up to Council to determine which services are appropriate for the community. Provincial legislation sets legislative, financial and procedural parameters on how services are delivered.

As times change and as communities evolve, new issues arise and matters formerly deemed important can become less pressing. It is important that a community regularly revisit the services a municipality delivers to ensure that the service mix and quality remains appropriate.


  • Results of the Budget Questionnaire

    about 2 months ago

    Budget Questionnaire
    The District ran a budget questionnaire from January 15, 2020 - February 13, 2020 asking residents whether they wished to increase, decrease or maintain a variety of District services. 341 questionnaires were returned by the deadline. The numbers have been updated to reflect the paper copies that were returned to Municipal Hall.

    Most services received strong support for being maintained at the levels and no sevices receieved strong support for being decreased. Five services received strong support for being increased:

    • Manage road pavement (60% support increase)
    • Manage deer population (55% support increase)

    Budget Questionnaire
    The District ran a budget questionnaire from January 15, 2020 - February 13, 2020 asking residents whether they wished to increase, decrease or maintain a variety of District services. 341 questionnaires were returned by the deadline. The numbers have been updated to reflect the paper copies that were returned to Municipal Hall.

    Most services received strong support for being maintained at the levels and no sevices receieved strong support for being decreased. Five services received strong support for being increased:

    • Manage road pavement (60% support increase)
    • Manage deer population (55% support increase)
    • Regulate to protect the environment (50% support increase)
    • Develop land use policies (48% support increase)
    • Regulate vacation rentals (42% support increase)

    Questionnaire respondents were roughly representative of Oak Bay's population, with the exception of 45-54 year-olds who were considerably over-represented and 18-24 year-olds who were under-represented.

    Population Aged 18+ 2016 Census Questionnaire respondents
    18-24 8% 2%
    25-34 7% 6%
    35-44 11% 10%
    45-54 16% 27%
    55+ 58% 57%

    View the full summary of the questionnaire results.