Vancouver's new city council faces 1st big test with next week's first budget meeting

Vancouver will begin its budget deliberations next week — but unlike past years, there likely won’t be a vote before council breaks for the holiday season. 

City staff has submitted a draft $1.9 billion operational budget for 2023 to council for its Nov. 29 meeting. It has a proposed average property tax increase of five per cent. 

However, the report prepared by staff notes it “will serve as the starting point for discussion and engagement” and only recommends that council pass the capital budget and utility fee increase by the end of the year. 

The reason for the change is October’s election, which saw Ken Sim become mayor, with his ABC Party winning a majority

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