Message From Mayor Leonard Krog
"The year 2020 started with a lot of hope and promise. However, soon, our community began to grapple with the domino effects of the global pandemic. City Staff had to adapt and keep adapting to the ever changing public health orders, while delivering core services that you and your families rely on every day. The revenue losses from City facility closures, recreation programming cancellations, and the closure of our casino forced Council to work through challenging and difficult matters around staffing and the financial hardship the City faced.
Since the pandemic hit close to tax time, Council looked at ways we could ease the tax pressures on our citizens given that, legally, municipalities do not have the ability to run deficits like other levels of governments do. As a result, we pushed back the penalty date for late property tax payments to October 1, 2020, extended the User Rate payment deadline from 30 days to 90 days, and approved the temporary restaurant patio program so that restaurants could survive the indoor gathering restrictions brought in by the BC Government’s public health orders.
Despite a downward trend in housing stats in 2020, building permits were still amazingly strong at $243.1 million, making 2020 the second largest year for building permit values in Nanaimo’s history.
From a governance excellence standpoint, Council moved forward with REIMAGINE NANAIMO, a coordinated Strategic Policy Review that aims to complete a comprehensive update of a number of key strategic planning policy documents: Official Community Plan; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Plan; Active Sustainable Transportation Plan; Economic Development Strategy; Water Supply Strategic Plan; and, Climate Action Plan. Once complete, these plans will help us with our decision making as various voices share opportunities with Council for what they wish to see in our growing City.
As you read the City of Nanaimo’s 2020 Annual Report, you will learn more about the projects and initiatives Council moved forward with to help Nanaimo weather the COVID-19 storm.
On behalf of Nanaimo City Council, thank you for reviewing the City of Nanaimo’s 2020 Annual Report, which for me, is a testament of how resilient we are as a City, and how fortunate we are to have the talented and dedicated staff we have."
In the report you will also find a message from Chief Administrative Officer, Jake Rudolph along with accomplishments from last year.
2020 ANNUAL MUNICIPAL REPORT