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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
REPORT
for the
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31
1966
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1967
  To Major-General the Honourable George Randolph Pearkes,
V.C., P.C., C.B., D.S.O., M.C., CD.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
I have the honour to transmit herewith the Annual Report of the Department
of Municipal Affairs for the year ended December 31, 1966.
D. R.  J.  CAMPBELL,
Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Victoria, B.C.
  Report of the Department of Municipal Affairs
Victoria, B.C., January 20, 1967.
The Honourable D. R. J. Campbell,
Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit herewith the Annual Report of this Department for the year ended December 31, 1966.
The format of the Annual Report has been altered slightly from that of previous
years. In view of the increase in the volume of work and responsibilities of the
various divisions of the Department, it is considered that separate reports should be
prepared by the respective Directors.
The senior members of the Department participated actively in the annual
convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities held at Penticton in
September and in the Municipal Officers' Association conference in Victoria in May.
A number of other conferences and seminars were attended by members of the staff.
During the convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities the
Minister of Municipal Affairs' annual shield awards were presented to the municipalities having the highest percentage turnout of electors at the annual elections held
in December, 1965. The awards were presented in the three categories of the
competition and were as follows:—
Cities and Towns:  Grand Forks, with a turnout of 76.37 per cent.
District Municipalities:  Pitt Meadows, with a turnout of 64.76 per cent.
Village Municipalities:  Lytton, with a turnout of 79.10 per cent.
A committee composed of Mayor H. J. Gardner, of Williams Lake, president
of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, and Mr. W. K. Smith, Director of
the Finance and Statistics Division of the Department, conducted hearings at 14
locations throughout the Province during the months of October, November, and
December to receive submissions and suggestions in connection with proposed
revision of the Municipal Act. Mr. I. L. Dodds acted as secretary to this committee.
The hearings were completed in mid-December, and a report of the committee's
findings is expected early in the new year.
The extension course in municipal administration being offered by the Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration of the University of British Columbia
under the sponsorship of the Department continues to attract a large number of
students. The four-year correspondence course has a current enrolment as follows:
First year, 46; second year, 28; third year, 12; fourth year, 14; assessors'course, 7.
The Board of Examiners on which the Department is represented granted five
certificates of proficiency during 1966. The following table illustrates classifications
of the certificates issued during 1966 and the number and classification issued to
date:—•
Certificates 1966 To Date
Junior   2 51
Senior Finance  1 72
Senior Administration   __ 64
Property Appraisal  2 35
Totals   5 222
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Upon representation by the municipalities concerned, an increase in the
Council membership was granted by supplementary Letters Patent to the City of
Duncan and the Township of Richmond. The Council of the City of Duncan has
been increased to consist of a Mayor and six Aldermen, and the Township of Richmond to a Reeve and eight Councillors.
Six regional districts were incorporated during the year. Two regional districts
were in the final stages of the statutory notice period preliminary to the issue of
Letters Patent of incorporation.
The programme of the regional organization of local government fostered by
the Department is proceeding well, and it is anticipated that several more regional
districts will be established in the near future. A great deal of time was spent by
the staff during the past year in assisting the newly formed regional districts to
become operational by attendance at board and committee meetings and in other
ways. Most of the regional districts already formed have petitioned for and
received, or are in the process of receiving, supplementary Letters Patent adding to
their objects and powers. The following list gives the name and date of incorporation and the functions of the regional districts established to date. There is a
total of 25 regional districts proposed for the whole of the Province.
Regional Districts
Incorporated
Functions
Alberni-CIayoquot-
Bulkley-Nechako 	
Capital of British Columbia.
Central Kootenay	
Columbia-Shuswap-
Comox Valley	
East Kootenay-
Kootenay-Boundary..
Mount Waddington...
North Okanagan..
Okanagan-Similkameen..
April 21, 1966	
February 21, 1966..
February 1, 1966	
November 30,1965
November 30, 1965
August 19, 1965.	
November 30, 1965
February 22, 1966._
June 13, 1966	
November 9, 1965...
March 4, 1966	
Community and contract services, study, planning, hospitals,
air pollution.
Study, planning, hospitals, community and contract services.
Sewer, fireworks, regional parks, and recreation.
Planning, community and contract services, regional parks
and recreation.
Planning, community and contract services, regional parks,
recreation, hospitals, and garbage disposal.
Community and contract services, water-resources study, hospitals.
Planning, community and contract services, home nursing,
urban renewal, regional parks.
Planning, community and contract services, ambulance service.
Planning, community and contract services, regional parks
and recreation, hospitals.
Study.
Planning, community and contract services.
The most important changes or additions enacted by the 1966 Session of the
Legislature which affect municipalities are summarized briefly as follows:—
Municipal Act: Amendments adopted in 1966 were primarily of a
" housekeeping " nature to provide greater certainty in the interpretation and administration of the Act. Many of these amendments
dealt with regional district provisions to cover matters which needed
adjustment after one year's experience with the new regional organization of local governments. Amendments of a more substantial
nature dealt with such things as " instant towns," by-elections, borrowing, and business licences.
Assessment Equalization Act: Annual increases in assessment are limited
to 5 per cent, with specific exceptions only.
Municipal Superannuation Act: Amendments were introduced to bring
municipal superannuation in line with the Canada Pension Plan.
Provincial Home-owner Grant Act: The Provincial home-owner grant
was increased to $110 from $100.
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS,  1966 X 7
Municipalities Aid Act: The local government per capita grant was increased in all categories. The basic grant for the first 3,500 of population is now fixed at $24, up $4 from 1965, with the same increase
in all other grant brackets.
A number of municipalities were affected by amendments and additions to the
Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act.
The report of the Director of Finance, included herein, indicates a very satisfactory situation in general in the area of municipal finances. Capital investments
in municipal plant of the order of $100,000,000 in a year is a very sizeable sum and
is evidence that Councils are providing the community facilities so necessary for our
present urban society. Moreover, this large capital programme is being carried out
without any undue encroachment upon the borrowing power of the municipalities.
This desirable situation is being brought about by maintaining the capital programme
at manageable levels, by a rapid repayment of existing debt, and by the use of a
reasonable proportion of current revenues and surpluses for capital expenditures.
Councils and their senior adrninistrative staffs are to be commended for achieving
such a good record.
The Department has experienced a very busy but rewarding year. The volume
of work and responsibilities are steadily increasing, particularly in the role of
administering the regional districts. Coupled with this has been a steady growth in
the number and activities of the municipalities as well as an increasing involvement
with improvement districts. Every effort has been made to keep abreast of the
normal work requirements while maintaining an active programme of development
in the regional organization of local government.
I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation for the courtesies and assistance
extended to the staff and myself by all the municipal officers of the Province, the
members of the executive and staff of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities,
the executive of the Municipal Officers' Association, and department heads and
staff of other departments of Government. For your leadership, direction, encouragement, and confidence, Sir, I particularly wish to express my gratitude.
J. E. BROWN, F.C.I.S.,
Deputy Minister.
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REPORT OF THE ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER AND
DEPUTY INSPECTOR OF MUNICIPALITIES
Victoria, B.C., January 19, 1967.
/. E. Brown, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Sir,—The population of municipalities continues to increase, bringing with it
urgent demands for services such as sewers, water, roads, etc. Commensurate with
the increase in population and the development of services has been the increase in
revenues of the municipalities to provide the services. In the five-year period from
1961 to 1965, municipal revenues, including those of waterworks and other utilities,
have increased by approximately $80,000,000 to $283,000,000. Debenture debt
over the same period has increased to $355,000,000 from $279,000,000. This
continued expansion and development in the various areas of local government has
placed additional demands on the staff in the performance of their duties and has
added to the complexity of the problems to be solved. Members of the staff have,
of their own volition, enrolled for special courses of study from time to time to help
them keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of local government.
A considerable amount of time was again spent during the year in the development of regional districts. Many meetings were held throughout the Province by
senior members of the staff to acquaint people, including those associated with various organizations, with the intent of the legislation and the benefits which could be
derived from the incorporation of regional districts. As at the year-end, 11 regional
districts had been incorporated. The Letters Patent of the various regional districts
are tailored to suit the needs of the particular region and contain authority to provide
a variety of services, such as regional planning, hospital financing, ambulance service, garbage-disposal areas, etc., depending on the wishes of the people in the
respective areas.
The Municipal Commercial Vehicle Licensing Programme, administered by the
Department on behalf of the municipalities, is, we feel, operating efficiently. The
volume of correspondence in the form of inquiries from municipal officials and the
public has decreased over the past several years. During the 1965/66 licence-year
the sum of $569,552 was received in the Department from the sale of these licences
and distributed to the participating municipalities on a per capita basis. In all,
51,019 municipal commercial-vehicle licence-plates and 34,051 exemption-plates
were issued.
A record of major activities of the Department during 1966 would include the
following:—
(1) Three hundred and forty-five visits were made to municipalities, improvement districts, and regional districts. The number of municipalities,
improvement districts, and regional districts actually visited was 135, some
receiving more than one visit.
(2) Three hundred and forty-nine Minutes of Council were prepared and
subsequently approved by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.
(3) One hundred and seventy-nine certificates of approval for municipal loan
by-laws were issued.
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS,  1966 X 9
(4) One hundred and fifty-four debenture issues were examined and subsequently certified by the Inspector of Municipalities, consisting of 20,973
debentures of a total par value of $34,503,364.91.
(5) Seven hundred and forty-one by-laws were examined and registered. Of
these, 75 were district by-laws, 172 were town by-laws, 485 were village
by-laws, 5 were regional district by-laws, and 4 were local district by-laws.
Many of the by-laws required advice and correspondence, resulting in
resubmission in revised form.
(6) Many draft by-laws and similar documents were submitted for review and
comment, involving a considerable amount of correspondence.
(7) Publication of the Annual Report of Municipal Statistics, which includes
some 30 different schedules.
(8) Editing the financial and statistical returns of the municipalities to ensure
conformity with statutory and other requirements. This phase of adminis-
stration involves considerable correspondence with municipal officials
and auditors.
(9) Administration of the Municipal Winter Works Incentive Programme.
(10) Administration of the Municipal Commercial Vehicle Licensing Programme.
(11) Administration of the Municipal Development and Loan Act.
(12) By correspondence and by visits to the various municipalities, encouraging
the adoption of good financial, accounting, and administrative procedures.
(13) The programme involving the incorporation of regional districts continues,
and members of the staff attended innumerable meetings in all parts of
the Province to advise various groups interested in the incorporation of
regional districts.
In view of the importance of the annual edition of Municipal Statistics to
investment houses, financial institutions, and others, every effort is made to ensure
that it is available for distribution as early in the year as possible, and that the
financial and other information contained in this publication is accurate and on a
comparable basis with prior years.
The Government of Canada has, for the ninth consecutive year, provided an
incentive for municipalities to undertake capital works for the relief of unemployment during the period November 1st to April 30th. The Federal authority pays
one-half (60 per cent) in specified high-unemployment areas) of the approved
direct labour costs of accepted projects under the programme. There are no major
changes in the regulations or in the type of project which may be undertaken during
the current programme.
In addition to the incentive offered by the Government of Canada, the Government of this Province has agreed to pay the municipalities 50 per cent of the direct
labour costs of any person employed on an accepted project who was in receipt of
welfare assistance prior to being engaged on a project. In addition, where there are
no welfare receipients available for hiring, the Province will share 25 per cent of the
direct labour costs of persons who are no longer qualified to receive unemployment
insurance. An indication of the extent of the programme may be gained from the
following:—
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Cost of Projects
Man-days Work
Payroll
1960/61
1961/62
1962/63
1963/64
1964/65
1965/66
1966/67
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
as at January 15,
1961..
1962..
1963_
1964..
1965_
1966_
1967-
$20,000,000
26,500,000
25,000,000
19,527,859
24,786,739
21,325,872
15,997,807
392,000
426,000
413,000
413,210
429,192
376,761
277,897
$7,000,000
8,333,333
7,500,000
7,979,178
8,892,222
8,514,822
6,523,076
These are estimated figures of the municipahties for the programme period.
The following tabulation gives a summary of British Columbia municipalities
participating in the Winter Works Programme as at January 15, 1967, according to
the records of this office:—
Number of men	
Man-days work	
Total cost of projects	
Federal share (payroll cost) 	
Provincial share (payroll cost)
Municipal share (payroll cost)
Total payroll under offer	
3,712
277,897
$15,997,807
$3,256,395
942,938
$2,323,743
$6,523,076
Nature and Total Cost of Projects
Waterworks
Sewers 	
Drainage 	
Roads 	
Sidewalks	
Buildings 	
Parks 	
Other 	
$3,353,104
2,569,197
376,397
2,526,704
521,886
3,756,641
1,564,991
1,328,887
Municipalities Participating Number of Accepted Projects
Cities  26 Cities  116
Districts  27 Districts  104
Towns      7 Towns   14
Villages   23 Villages   32
Other   12 Other   17
Total  95 Total  283
Table 1 shows the summary of the Municipal Winter Works Incentive Programme for the year 1965/66 as issued by the Department of Labour of the Government of Canada, and Table 2 indicates the same information for the current
programme as at January 6, 1967.
In view of the fact that the senior officials in the Department were extensively
involved with the incorporation of regional districts, which required a great deal of
travelling to attend public meetings as well as meetings of the Regional District
Boards, it was necessary to alter some of the former activities of the Department.
Among these was the policy of having a senior member of the Department visit
each municipality at least once during the year, which we were not able to carry
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, 1966 X 11
out during the year under review. However, with the additional staff which joined
the Department during the latter part of the year and with certain adjustments to
the work load, we expect that this and other problems will be met during the coming
year. We recognize that improvements could be made in a number of administrative
procedures, particularly in the smaller municipalities, and hope in future more time
can be devoted to this form of assistance.
I would again express appreciation of the loyalty and devotion to duty which
all members of the staff have shown during the past year. For senior members
this has meant many week-ends of work in the field, curtailed holidays, or taking
holidays in piecemeal fashion.   All in all, it has been a job well done.
J. D. Baird, F.C.I.S.,
Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Inspector
of Municipalities.
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REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE FINANCE
AND STATISTICS DIVISION
Victoria, B.C., January 18, 1967.
/. E. Brown, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Sir,—The real-property tax is the major source of revenue of municipalities
in British Columbia.   The growth in assessed values of real property and revenues
from taxation of these properties over the past 10 years is portrayed in the following
table:—                                                                                                                      j
Growth in Combined Assessed Values and Taxes in Municipalities
of British Columbia
Year
Gross Assessed Values
Assessed Values Actually Taxed
Tax
Revenues
All Properties
Taxable
Properties
School
Municipal
1957
195ft
$2,765,873,099
3,047,766,854
3,327,118,937
3,569,240,135
3,717,472,643
4,032,288,772
4,062,459,644
4,188,389,878
4,460,354,467
4,808,126,631
$2,315,295,651
2,569,271,281
2,805,547,214
3,015,844,390
3,142,969,534
3,407,538,034
3,433,937,080
3,534,097,291
3,770,938,012
4,070,798,825
$1,854,677,597
2,053,934,444
2,248,145,499
2,417,467,198
2,508,401,082
2,770,194,168
2,795,430,982
2,878,206,746
3,072,204,132
3,315,334,666
$1,415,935,241
1,562,991,738
1,721,746,974
1,843,967,404
1,920,101,216
2,182,411,559
2,224,805,763
2,294,697,747
2,365,897,598
2,549,447,799
$78,811,653
92,429,190
104,819,992
116,857,478
122,272,311
128,865,831
141,020,672
154,074,236
172,163,583
192,000,0001
1959	
196(1
1961
196?
1963
1964
1965	
1966 _	
1 Estimated.
It is anticipated that the present rate of growth will be maintained and that
revenue from property taxation in 1966 will reach $192,000,000.   This is an increase of approximately 57 per cent over the last five years.    The total assessed
values actually taxed for school purposes in the Province in 1966 amounted to
$4,439,912,877.   Of this amount, $3,315,334,666, or approximately 75 per cent,
represented assessment values in city, district, town, and village municipalities.
During the year 1965, the last year for which audited financial statements of
municipalities are available, municipal revenues, including those of waterworks and
other utilities, were in excess of $283,000,000, an increase of $30,000,000 over
the previous year.   Revenue from taxation for school purposes, which forms part
of the total revenue, amounted to $76,000,000 but was offset by the application of
the home-owner grant payments of $28,000,000, leaving a net of approximately
$48,000,000 in school taxes as having been paid by the property-owner.    The
value of capital projects undertaken by municipalities during 1965 amounted to
$103,000,000.   Works amounting to $87,000,000 were completed during the fiscal
year, leaving a balance of works in progress of $16,000,000 at the year-end.   Of the
$103,000,000 expended on capital projects, approximately $16,000,000 was provided out of general municipal and utility revenue funds, $5,000,000 from reserve
funds, and $7,000,000 was obtained from grants-in-aid from the Provincial and
Federal Governments, the balance being financed by debenture loan, temporary
bank loans, and other methods of financing.   Figures indicating the activity in this
area over the past five years are as follows:—
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS,  1966
X 15
Projects
Undertaken
Works
Completed
Works in
Progress
Provided by—
Year
Revenue
Reserve
Funds
Grants
1961          	
$67,000,000
73,000,000
80,000,000
80,000,000
103,000,000
$46,000,000
55,000,000
62,000,000
62,000,000
87,000,000
$21,000,000
18,000,000
18,000,000
18,000,000
16,000,000
$9,000,000
12,000,000
12,000,000
15,000,000
16.000,000
$3,000,000
3,000,000
3,000,000
5,000,000
5,000,000
$3,000,000
1962... ._ ____
4,000,000
1963...  	
1964    _	
5,000,000
5,000,000
1965   	
7,000,000
The following table illustrates authorized term borrowing trends over the past
six years. The marked increase in borrowing in the years 1964 and 1965 could
probably be attributed to the Municipal Development and Loan Fund financing
scheme, and its effect, to some extent, is carried over into the year under review.
Year
196L
1962_
1963_
Amount
$15,030,152
14,006,884
14,581,981
Year
1964.
Amount
  $25,231,663
1965     27,499,789
1966     24,663,388
Total debenture debt as at December 31, 1965, of all municipalities, including
the City of Vancouver, is shown by the following table. The debenture debt of the
metropolitan water and sewer boards is not included.
Sold
Unissued
and Unsold
Total
Cities	
Districts..
Towns	
Villages _	
Local districts	
Sub-totals..
Vancouver.	
$52,373,348
63,589,048
5,044,103
6,770,265
68,000
$21,052,072
32,482,298
2,973,032
2,749,004
$73,425,420
96,071,346
8,017,135
9,519,269
68,000
$127,844,764
167,494,605
$59,256,406
800,000
$187,101,170
168,294,605
Totals..
$295,339,369
I
$60,056,406
$355,395,775
Table 1 shows the annual amounts of debentures sold in the years 1956 to
1965, inclusive, debentures retired during these years, and the net increase or
decrease in debenture debt.
The percentage of current revenue required to service debenture debt, excluding utilities, in the various classes of municipalities in 1965 was as follows: Cities
(excluding Vancouver), 9.5 per cent; districts, 7.5 per cent; towns, 7.2 per cent;
villages, 8.1 per cent.
Debenture debt of utilities is serviced almost entirely by revenues derived from
user charges paid by the consumer and by frontage taxes.
An analysis of the financial and statistical information available indicates that
the financial position of British Columbia municipalities is good, although when
measuring reserves and surpluses, the position of some must be considered as better
than others. Table 2 and Chart 1 indicate the trends in various financial aspects of
municipal government compared to population and income. The increase in total
revenue as indicated by the table and the chart resulted principally from an increase
of $8,000,000 in the Provincial Government grants, raising the amount paid to
municipalities to approximately $43,000,000, excluding capital and special-purpose
grants, and the increase in revenue derived from school tax levies, which increased
 X 16 BRITISH COLUMBIA
by $1,000,000 to $76,000,000. The increase in school taxes was offset to a
large extent, in so far as resident home-owners were concerned, by an increase of
$5,000,000 in the home-owner grants paid to municipalities on their behalf.
At the end of 1965, reserve funds of the various municipahties held for a
variety of purposes amounted to $28,200,000, an increase of $3,900,000 or 16 per
cent over the previous year after giving effect to the fact that approximately $5,000,-
000 from reserve funds was expended on capital works during the year.
The total of reserves and surpluses held in all accounts of the municipalities was
$71,809,528. This amounts to 35 per cent of the total annual revenue excluding
school taxes of the municipalities. While the reserve funds are held in liquid form
or in investments authorized by Statute, a portion of the surplus is represented in
arrears of taxes and other receivables.
The tax-collection picture in municipalities has always been considered one of
the primary indications, not only of the efficiency of the administration, but also of
the ability of the taxpayer to meet the municipal tax levy promptly. In the year
under review, the city, district, and village municipalities collected in excess of 95
per cent of the current tax levy, and the towns collected slightly less than 93 per
cent of the current levy. A practice has been established whereby correspondence
is directed to any municipality where the arrears of taxes are in excess of 10 per cent
of the current levy in an effort to determine the cause and what steps may be taken
to improve the position. The collection of current taxes in British Columbia continues to be the highest among the Provinces in Canada publishing statistics of a
comparable nature, while the percentage of arrears of taxes is the lowest.
Chart 2 shows the percentage tax collections for the period 1955 to 1965,
inclusive, and Table 3 shows the outstanding taxes as a percentage of the current
levy for selected years. It will be noted that all classes of municipalities are continuing to show improvement in this phase of administration.
The introduction of regional districts in the Province as separate legal entities
has brought about a re-examination of the principles of financial reporting which
have been in use in the Province over the past number of years. Our study is
continuing, but it appears likely that the format of the publication " Municipal
Statistics " will be altered from its present syle to record the activities of municipalities and other areas of local government on a regional basis.
The functions of the Division include a continual review of the financial position
and administrative practices of the municipalities and other areas of local government and to encourage the adoption of good budgetary practices as well as the
maintenance of adequate accounting records. A close liaison is maintained with
financial institutions, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, and other departments of
Government in an effort to ensure that financial and other information required is
available on a uniform and comparable basis. In this regard we have continued to
receive the highest degree of co-operation from senior municipal officials.
W. K. Smith,
Director, Finance and Statistics Division.
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Population
Total Revenue
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Permits
Debenture
Debt
Maximum
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Taxable
Total B.C.
Personal
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1955   __    .
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99.47
106.91
110.33
114.64
118.09
117.62
123.40
126.08
130.21
134.82
100.00
113.28
131.81
152.60
172.99
187.04
199.70
211.58
226.30
242.85
276.91
100.00
107.31
107.11
115.09
111.05
84.99
90.14
102.98
117.61
156.54
183.48
100.00
104.70
112.41
114.93
127.54
133.91
135.77
136.75
146.24
148.81
155.19
100.00
116.64
132.98
147.35
161.13
173.24
180.42
198.51
200.32
206.25
220.15
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112.98
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126.60
134.79
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152.37
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175.10
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PERCENTAGE TAX       COLLECTIONS
CHART 2.
LEGEND
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■Districts ._ — — —-Vancouver
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OUTSTANDING   TAXES   AS   A   PERCENTAGE OF   CURRENT    LEVY
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION DIVISION
Victoria, B.C., January 18, 1967.
/. E. Brown, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Sir,—The primary function of the Division is to encourage good administrative
practices in local government. The analysis of new borrowing proposals and the
review of debentures, rate, and regulatory by-laws of the various local government
organizations leading to approval continues to absorb much of our time. The scope
and volume of these activities is given in some detail in the report of the Assistant
Deputy Minister. In addition, the growth in number of regional districts has added
materially to the work load, particularly in the role of assisting incorporation committees and administering to newly incorporated regional districts.
During the year 93 new municipal borrowing proposals in the total amount of
$24,663,388 were recommended for the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities.
This is a decrease of 20 borrowing proposals and a decrease of $2,836,401 from
that approved in 1965. The level of borrowing was high compared with other years
even though the Municipal Development and Loan Fund financing scheme, which
markedly contributed to the borrowing programme of 1964 and 1965, was terminated.
The most significant feature of municipal borrowing in 1966 was the rapid
escalation of interest rates. This factor, together with a curbing programme applied
by the Department restricting borrowing as much as possible, reduced new term borrowing proposals to a minimum at the end of the year. Generally speaking, in the
last few months of the year borrowings were approved only for sewerage works and
hospital capital financing proposals.
The amount and purpose for which term borrowing was authorized is set out
below; this includes borrowing under the short-term borrowing provisions of the
Municipal Act which, because of the maximum term of five years, are usually
financed by means of bank loans rather than the issue of debentures. Short-term
borrowing during the year amounted to $352,975. In addition to the amount shown
in the table, preliminary borrowing approvals were granted for local improvement
projects for which financing arrangements are yet to be made.
Borrowing by the City of Vancouver and by the metropolitan water and sewer
boards is not subject to the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities and therefore
is not included in this table.
Purpose
Cities
Districts
Towns
Villages
Total
Sewers and drainage	
Parks and recreation	
Civic buildings and projects-
Waterworks	
Consolidated local improvement..
Hospitals ._
Paving, roads, and sidewalks-
Equipment 	
Electric utility	
Totals-
$823,000
859,500
646,500
4,090,999
168,000
3,675,000
2,156,601
182,000
$12,601,600
$3,573,360
746,250
266,000
1,919,097
1,314,589
1.916,000
341,017
106,200
24,000
	
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$108,000
310,000
300,000
608,500
55,000
113,000
7,775
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$771,500 [ $1,083,775
$4,749,360
1,495,750
737,500
6,428,096
1,782,589
5,704,000
1,698,893
343,200
24,000
$24,663,388
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, 1966
X 23
Minutes of Council were recommended for approval authorizing the Province
to guarantee under the provisions of the Municipalities Assistance Act the payments
of principal and interest of debenture issues of municipalities amounting to $3,741,-
427, as follows: Abbotsford, $76,000; Armstrong, $100,000; Castlegar, $320,000;
Clinton, $30,000; Coquitlam, $345,000; Cranbrook, $46,927; Fort St. John,
$104,000; Kamloops, $185,000; Kimberley, $57,500; Kinnaird, $162,000; Maple
Ridge, $420,000; Merritt, $285,000; North Cowichan, $335,000; Osoyoos,
$85,000; Penticton, $710,000; Powell River, $35,000; Prince George, $143,000;
Sumas, $171,000; Valemount, $14,000; Williams Lake, $117,000.
A summary of the amount of debentures guaranteed by the Province under the
Municipalities Assistance Act and the Village Municipalities Assistance Act outstanding as at December 31, 1966, is indicated below:—
Outstanding Debentures Guaranteed
Village
Municipalities
Assistance Act
Municipalities
Assistance Act
Total
$342,000
654,000
1,949,500
1,346,300
$14,558,427
10,685,191
2,387,500
3,108,100
64,500
$14,900,427
11,339,191
Towns    _	
4,337,000
4,454,400
64,500
Totals 	
$4,291,800
$30,803,718
13,150,000
763,000
1,905,000
103,000
20,269,000
$35,095,518
13,150,000
Greater Victoria Water District           _ _	
763,000
1,905,000
Greater Nanaimo Water District 	
103,000
20,269,000
$4,291,800
$66,993,718
$71,285,518
In addition to the guaranteed debt recorded in the above table, there is also
outstanding under the Vancouver and Districts Joint Sewerage and Drainage Act
and the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District Act debenture debt
totalling $24,807,000.
During 1966 the Inspector of Municipalities granted to six municipalities subsisting or provisional certificates of self-liquidation in respect of three waterworks
systems and six sewer systems. There have now been issued 186 certificates of
self-liquidation to 109 municipalities, some having been granted more than one
certificate.   Of this number, 108 are subsisting certificates.
Six new municipalities were incorporated; of these, the Village of Port McNeill,
the District of Mackenzie, and the Village of Fraser Lake were so-called " instant
municipalities." The Village of Port Edward and the District of Port Hardy were
incorporated following a successful petition and poll. The District of Sparwood was
incorporated after a successful over-all poll was conducted in two former villages,
Sparwood and Natal, and in a large improvement district; as a result the two villages and the improvement district were disincorporated.
The following table gives the date of incorporation, the area, and the estimated
population of the new municipalities:—
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
New Incorporations, 1966
Municipality
Date of Incorporation
Area
(in Acres)
Population
Port McNeill-
Port Hardy.....
Sparwood	
Mackenzie	
Port Edward...
Fraser Lake-
February 18„
May 5	
May 12	
May 19	
June 29	
September 27..
1,062
8,070
11,739
52,556
2,256
810
731
1,997
1,922
1,005
1,8001
1,093
i Estimated.
Several communities showed interest in incorporation. It is anticipated that
a number of new municipalities will be incorporated in 1967.
In the past year two improvement districts have been incorporated for fire-
protection services under the Municipal Act and three improvement districts originally incorporated under the Water Act have been dissolved as the areas were entirely
within municipalities. Committees from a number of small communities are working with the Department toward incorporation as improvement districts.
The former Villages of Castlegar and Creston were changed in status to town
municipalities, effective January 1, 1966.
The Villages of Sidney and Smithers were changed in status to town municipalities, effective January 1, 1967.
It is likely that other municipalities will change status in the near future due to
increased population when revealed by the 1966 Census.
Seventeen extensions and two reductions of boundaries by supplementary
Letters Patent were authorized for the following municipalities:—
Municipality
Area (Acres)
Population
Before
Change
After
Before
Change
After
Cities
1,637.00
4,760.00
36,620.00
36,620.00
26,238.00
1,267.00
142.20
945.00
1,192.42
316.50
162.70
867.00
1,622.30
467.00
132.10
950.00
893.92
668.00
784.00
417.00
11,810.00
2,054.00
16,570.00
36,620.00
32,970.00
26,816.00
3,856.22
178.50
1,009.00
1,575.53
342.00
165.663
1,245.00
2,563.52
1,258.00
155.08
1,326.00
1,963.20
748.00
1,010.00
2,347
11,987
7,009
7,000
2,4952
6,456
1,303
1,081
2,123
1,304
790
1,183
759
488
285
2,487
327
580
782
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253
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32
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Districts
7,000
—3,650.00
578.00
2,589.22
36.30
64.00
383.11
25.50
2.963
378.00
941.22
791.00
22.98
376.00
1,069.28
80.00
226.00
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North Kamloops	
Villages
6,542
1,556
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1,081
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790
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910
Sechelt       -   	
520
285
2,587
327
Telkwa	
580
792
i Not available.
2 Estimated at date of change of status from village to district.
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, 1966 X 25
The table above shows the adjustment in areas as well as the alteration in
population. The primary populations are those established by the 1961 Census.
The additional populations are in the extension areas only.
At the direction of the Minister, nine extension proposals were submitted for
the assent of the owners of land within the extension areas; only two of these
received the required three-fifths majority, and supplementary Letters Patent were
issued extending the areas of the municipalities concerned. In addition, two extension proposals were rejected for the reason that objections from the owners of
land in the extension areas were so substantial as to not warrant a vote.
Forty-four Minutes of Council were prepared appointing members to various
Zoning Boards of Appeal and Boards of Commissioners of Police.
During the year a start was made on a preliminary examination of the administration and operation of improvement districts. Some time was spent in arranging
procedures to be employed in the administration of improvement districts under the
jurisdiction of the Department.
As land becomes shorter in supply in the urbanized areas and values increase,
a greater interest is being taken in portions of highway dedicated but never used or
portions fallen into disuse. This situation has led to a substantial increase in the
number of petitions under the Municipal Act from the Councils of the municipalities
to have portions of highway abandoned and the title to the land comprised in those
portions vested in either the municipalities or the adjoining owners. No doubt the
trend will continue as economic development encourages higher land use.
C. H. L. Woodward,
Director, Administration Division.
 X 26 BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR, REGIONAL
PLANNING DIVISION
Victoria, B.C., January 16, 1967.
/. E. Brown, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Sir,—Eleven regional districts have now been formed in the Province, and
seven of these have planning as one of their functions. Of these seven, four have
planning departments and the other three are now in the process of advertising for
qualified planners. There is, unfortunately, a shortage of qualified planners in
Canada, but the regional districts are receiving attention across Canada, and with
this interest applications are being received for positions in the planning departments.
The other four regional districts are now considering adding planning as one
of their functions, and we are, whenever we can, assisting in giving information to
them.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, when it was formed, absorbed
the old South Okanagan Regional Planning Area and its staff. There are still four
Regional Planning Boards in operation in the Province—namely, the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board, the Capital Region Planning Board, the Central
Okanagan Regional Planning Board, and the Thompson Valley Regional Planning
Board. Each of these has a planning staff and continues to operate under the terms
of Part XXI of the Municipal Act.
The Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board passed the Lower Mainland
Regional Plan this summer, and it was ratified by Order in Council in August.
Seventy-one per cent of the municipalities, representing 87 per cent of the population
of the region, approved the plan.
It is a requirement of the Municipal Act that as each regional district is formed
the Regional Board forms a Technical Planning Committee comprised of the Planning Director of the regional district, the Medical Health Officer, one officer at the
option of each member municipality, a Provincial planning officer, a representative
from the Lands Service, Water Resources Service, Department of Agriculture, and
the Derailment of Highways, plus one representative from each school district
within the regional district.
The functions of this Committee are to advise the Regional District Board on
technical matters, to co-ordinate activities of various agencies and Government
departments, and to provide liaison between Regional District Boards, member
municipalities, and the Provincial Government.
A number of these Committees are now formed and are meeting as required.
In municipalities there has been a growing interest in the adoption of official
community plans, and last year the District Municipality of Surrey passed an
official community plan covering the whole municipality. This is the first time that
a municirality has used this device to guide long-range land use covering all of the
municipality. In the past, quite a number of municipalities have used official
community plans to cover only a part of their municipality as an aid in orderly
develonment.
Three more resource-development municipalities were incorporated this year
under the provisions of section 10a of the Municipal Act. Two of these, the District of Mackenzie and the Village of Fraser Lake, were incorporated with official
 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS,  1966
X 27
plans as part of their Letters Patent. The other, the Village of Port McNeill, has
taken on an active interest in land-use planning.
Some smaller municipalities now are taking an interest in the replotting section
of the Municipal Act, and are going ahead with schemes which will create a far better
subdivision layout than previously existed.
The Division was active wherever possible to talk to groups who are interested
in planning, and this year we were pleased to be host for two days to the Provincial
planning officers. Almost every Province was represented, and much information
was exchanged dealing with planning problems and achievements.
There was continued land-use change and activity in the community planning
areas, and 120 applications for a change in zoning were received by the Department.
Community Planning Areas Numbers 16 and 21 along with Highway Planning
Area Number 1 were absorbed into the Regional District of Columbia-Shuswap,
and Community Planning Area Number 18 was absorbed into the administration of
the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Assistance has been provided to municipalities and regional districts in building
by-law and building code work. The public service aspect of the regulation of building construction is always stressed. To date, two regional districts, East Kootenay
and Columbia-Shuswap, have building inspectors on staff.
In order to improve the standard of inspectional services, a one-week attendance course for municipal and Provincial building inspectors will be provided by
the Department in co-operation with the National Research Council in January of
1967 at Parksville. At this date, approximately 50 municipal and Provincial building inspectors have enrolled.
The value of construction in community planning areas in 1966 was $39,364,-
180, an increase of almost 10 per cent from the previous year. Details are shown
on the following table:—
Community Planning Areas
Dwelling
Units
Built,
1966
Dwelling
Units Built
since Areas
Established
Total Value
of All
Construction,
1966
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
of Courtenay)	
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community Planning
Prince George)...
Community Planning
Community Planning
Community planning
Totals	
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
Area Number
1 (around Kelowna) _
2 (around Vernon)....
3 (View Royal)..
4 (Langford-Metchosin)...
6 (Nanaimo) 	
7 (Prince George)	
8 (around Kamloops)	
9 (around Quesnel)..
11 (around Alberni)  	
12 (around Dawson Creek)	
13 (Woodhaven, near loco)  _.
14 (north of Campbell River to south
Area Number 15 (around Fort St. John)..
Area Number 17 (Fort Nelson)..
Area Number 20 (Crooked River, 60 miles north of
Area Number 22 (Chase)  	
Area Number 23 (Shawnigan).  	
areas now part of a municipality or a regional district
228
42
12
137
333
287
189
24
6
1
10
144
21
13
9
4
4
73
1,537
2,216
705
575
615
2,930
1,730
1,800
258
33
252
56
747
264
59
13
31
15
977
$4,304,495
650,423
165,026
2,424,826
6,489,771
15,018,031
3,997,476
407,860
110,000
38,246
239,639
2,833,864
581,871
213,150
87,990
109,597
309,950
|      1,381,965
13,276
$39,364,180
Don South, M.T.P.I.C.,
Director, Regional Planning Division.
 Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1967
1060-167-1550
    

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