Teri Towner | Community Builder | Inspirational Speaker | Coquitlam City Councillor

Taxpayer Dollars

Did you know that 70% of your tax bill goes to the City of Coquitlam to fund local municipal services? Coquitlam provides the following services with your tax dollars: police, fire, parks, recreation, arts & culture, traffic management, street maintenance, planning and development, sewer and drainage, water, and solid waste—otherwise known as garbage.

Responsible municipal finance involves engaging with the residents to confirm the spending priorities and ensuring that the costs are known and accepted. There are always competing requests for funding at the City, and residents need to be part of the conversation. I am pleased that public engagement with respect to the budget process has dramatically increased via the interactive Citizen Budget tool. Resident input is very important to me and I listen to and truly value what residents have to say about where their tax dollars will be spent. I will continue advancing strategies to engage even more residents in the process. 

I believe in protecting taxpayers’ interests, focusing on the priorities of the taxpayers and making the best possible use of available resources. I also believe that responsible local government uses dollars wisely in allocating for infrastructure for future generations. We have to plan well.

Heading into a Budget meeting at City Hall

As your City Councillor, you can expect that resident priorities are considered in the budget process and that spending decisions are made in the best interests of the taxpayers.  I’m pleased that over the course of my first term on Council, Coquitlam has had a consistent percentage decrease in property tax increases.  

I will continue to be diligent in looking for process improvements and identifying opportunities for budget improvements so that services and programs are run as efficiently and effectively possible.