2012 BC Municipal Spending Watch

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Municipality

2000-2010 Real Operating Spending Growth (%) 110 116 62 33 82 43 24 24 67 25 46 125 138 74 29 30 68

2000-2010 Population Growth (%)

2000-2010 Real Operating Spending per Capita Growth (%) 82 39 33 17 51 32 26 8 34 25 41 94 236 47 11 12 52

Overall Provincial Rank (1=Worst, 153=Best) 37 107 75 134 97 106 101 132 64 124 98 32 1 94 146 110 58

Abbotsford Anmore Bowen Island Burnaby Chilliwack Coquitlam Delta Gibsons Harrison Hot Springs Hope Langley City Langley District Mun. Lytton Maple Ridge Mission New Westminster North Vancouver City North Vancouver District Pemberton Pitt Meadows Port Coquitlam Port Moody Powell River Richmond Sechelt Squamish Surrey Vancouver West Vancouver Whistler White Rock

15 55 22 14 20 8 -1 14 25 0 4 16 -29 18 16 17 11

The 2012 Municipal Spending Watch continues to determine relative rankings based on an equal weighting of growth in inflationadjusted operating spending per capita between 20002010 and the 2010 level of operating spending per capita. Between 2000 and 2010, BC’s population grew 14 per cent, while municipal operating spending , adjusted for inflation, grew by 49 per cent, nearly four times faster than population over this period and more than twice as fast as real disposable income per capita. Excess municipal spending since 2000 now stands at $4.26 billion. Responding to objections that policing spending is not solely determined at the municipal level, CFIB has changed its methodology to exclude policing costs from overall operating spending; therefore, it no longer influences the final rank order.

55 103 113 40 67 -11 49 74 78 70 45 80 118 41

3 50 19 9 38 3 15 21 21 29 14 4 14 5

51 36 79 29 21 -14 30 44 47 32 28 45 91 34

63 61 43 118 121 140 102 95 68 131 90 50 2 103

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