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Sooke Annual Report
Sooke Council reviews its work
Raits, Sooke News Mirror
June 22, 2005
The District of Sooke's 2005 Annual
Report was presented to council at a special meeting on June 20.
The 26-page formal report outlined the
issues council faced on a day-to-day basis, said Mayor Janet Evans.
In the report Chief Administrative officer, Peter Jmaeff said it is
one of the methods on which staff and Council can encourage better
The 2005 Annual Report contains comparisons from revenue and
expenses from 2003.
In 2004 it was reported that residential
construction was approximately 80 per cent above the normal
construction level, with 257 building permits issued between January
1, 2004 and December 21, 2004. The value of 143 single-family
dwellings was $19,805,324.00 and multi-family dwellings were valued
at $2,095,775.00. The total construction value for all building
permits, both residential and commercial amounted to $23,653,414.00
Subdivision applications finalized in 2004 created 44 additional
residential lots, 43 of which were located within the Sooke Core
Sewer Specified area.
Mayor Evans reported earlier that the
sewer project was ahead of schedule and on budget. Completion is
scheduled for January 2006, but Evans said it might be completed
sooner than expected. Engineering, Planning and Economic Development
items can be found in the report.
In the area of Protective Services it was reported that the Fire
Department's response to emergency incidents was up by 15 per cent
over 2003. A total of 600 emergency incidents were reported in 2004
compared to 521 incidents in 2003. In 2004, the Sooke Fire
Department responded to an average of 11.5 incidents per week. In
2004 there were 238 medical assistance calls, which contributed to
39.6 per cent of the total call volume. The number of incidents in
2004 attended by the fire department was the most that has ever been
recorded in the department's history. The call volume in 2004 is 100
per cent higher than it was five years ago. This is attributed to
On the financial side, the District of
Sooke appears to be in good shape. On the revenue side of the
ledger, taxes amounted to $2.4 million in the $7.5 million budget.
Government transfers and grants came to $3.9 million.
Debt proceeds of $6.1 million bring the balance to $2.8 million more
Expenditures totaled $10.8 million with
the largest expense being the Engineering and Development sector
with a price tag of $7.1 million. Protective Services cost the
District $1.6 million and Community Services cost $832,414. In 2002
the District of Sooke
received $750,000 for policing costs under an agreement with the
Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General. A grant from
the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services paid for
the first two years (to March 2004) of policing costs.
It cost the District $808,893 cost for
policing in 2004. In 2005 policing costs will be assumed by the
District, which will be paid through property taxes.
Further details are available in the
2005 Annual Report, which can be viewed on line at
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