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White Rock property-tax increase set

It's official – White Rock taxpayers will see their property taxes go up by 3.38 per cent this year.

Council voted unanimously (Coun. Bill Lawrence was absent) last week to adopt the Financial Plan (2013-2017) Bylaw that sets the rate.

The boost is higher than two figures – 2.8 and three per cent – that were recommended by staff in the months leading up to the Jan. 14 vote, but lower than the 3.94 per cent that was projected in the 2012-2016 financial plan.

The increase means the average single-family homeowner will see their property taxes jump by $93; the increase to strata properties will be $36.

The bylaw also includes increases to drainage and sanitary sewer user fees, as well as to Fraser Valley Regional Library and Epcor hydrant levies.

It received first, second and third reading on Dec. 17.

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