Delta council approved a new financial plan Monday that includes a 1.9 per cent increase to the civic portion of the property tax bill.
That translates into a $38 hike for the average Delta home, although that figure will be pushed higher once TransLink and the other taxing authorities levy their charges.
The $38 increase is based on a home assessed at $565,000.
In a report to council, civic finance director Karl Preuss said $18 (.9 per cent) of the increase is for general services and the remaining $20 (one per cent) is for neighbourhood road improvements.
"Combined with the $15 utility flat-rate increase, the overall increase in Delta charges for an average single-family home is $53," he said.
Preuss explained the municipal operating plan for 2013 includes contractual commitments, water and sewer regional costs, as well as emerging issues such as the South Fraser Perimeter Road irrigation project and evening and night shift coverage at the Delta Community Animal Shelter.
The operating costs are budgeted at $172.4 million for the year, an increase of $6.7 million over 2012.
The 2013 capital plan, which comes in at $55.9 million, an increase from $45.3 million last year, maintains civic infrastructure as well as funds community priority projects such as Ladner sports fields enhancements, the Harris Barn relocation and refurbishments and additional off-leash dog areas.