Mayor Mary-Ann Booth says COVID-19 has forced council and staff to completely re-think the budget and to make some difficult decisions.
“We are already experiencing a significant drop in revenue and have responded by reducing salary costs through layoffs and a hiring freeze. Our CAO is also in discussions to determine if further rollbacks can be realized,” Booth wrote in a column.
Booth said the district will continue to provide all essential services, but all non-essential spending has been deferred.
She said council has reduced the originally proposed property tax increase to 2 per cent and also deferred adoption of the budget until April 27.
Here is a link to her column on the District of West Vancouver website.