Government Finance Officers
Association of British Columbia

Quarterlyquestion Forweb

Each quarter GFOABC will pose a short survey to the membership. The results will be made available after the quarter closes. Do you have a question?

Quarterly Question | Alternative Work Arrangements and Perks

Friday, April 5, 2024
Current Quarterly Question: Alternative Work Arrangements and Perks Please take the time to complete this survey. Visit past survey results. Read more

Quarterly Question Results | Effect of Inflation on Local Government Budgets

Friday, April 5, 2024
Inflationary Pressures In the December issue of Dollars & Sense Perspective, we conducted a survey on how inflationary pressures are affecting budgets in local governments across British Columbia. Specifically, we asked about contingency percent… Read more

Quarterly Question | Finance Department Staffing

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
In the September issue of Dollars & Sense Perspective GFOABC and CivicInfo BC initiated a survey on Finance Department staffing in local governments across BC. The results revealed a host of challenges and intriguing trends. The survey had a robu… Read more

Quarterly Question | Growing Communities Fund

Monday, August 28, 2023
Earlier this year, the Province allocated $1 billion in grants to local governments through the Growing Communities Fund. In this Quarterly Question, we surveyed local governments about their plans for allocating the Growing Communities Fund grant. A… Read more

Quarterly Question | Short Term Rentals

Monday, June 26, 2023
Civic Info Polled Local Governments Across British Columbia on the Topic of Short-Term Rental Regulations, Receiving Responses from 30 Per Cent of British Columbia Local Governments. The results revealed that regulations pertaining to short-term rent… Read more

Quarterly Question | Utility Billing - Discounts vs Penalties

Saturday, March 25, 2023
We asked local governments across BC about how they handle utility billing. We had 26% of BC local governments report on their practice. The summary below reflects those responses. Discounts offered for prompt payment of Utility Bills: 31% of local… Read more

Quarterly Question | Travel and Training - How Have Things Have Changed Through the Pandemic

Thursday, September 29, 2022
What does travel and training look like in BC local government? You responded and the results present a varied approach. We asked you about per diems, travel, tipping and training budgets. PER DIEM RATES REPORTED: Tipping? 82% of local governments … Read more

Quarterly Question | Tax Sale

Friday, June 24, 2022
We asked local governments how they manage delinquent taxes and properties subject to tax sale. The results are in with nearly 50% of municipalities responding. We asked when a property’s unpaid tax becomes delinquent and subject to tax sale, when do… Read more

Quarterly Question | Policing

Monday, March 28, 2022
We asked local governments about their local government’s policing. Out of 161 local governments in BC, 80 have a population under 5,000 and therefore do not have to contribute to policing costs. Of the remaining 81 municipalities, 11 have a municipa… Read more

Quarterly Question | Financial Software Solutions

Friday, December 17, 2021
We asked local governments about their financial software and 84 BC Local Governments responded. Local Governments reported that Vadim is the most widely used primary financial software with nearly 50% using the program as their primary financial so… Read more

Quarterly Question | EV Charging Stations

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
We asked local governments about EV charging stations. Specifically, do you have them and what do you charge? The survey yielded results from 26% of BC local governments. Of the local governments that responded, nearly 70% currently operate EV chargi… Read more

Quarterly Question | Purchasing Cards & Corporate Cards In Local Government

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
The June 2021 Quarterly Question explored how local governments use purchasing and corporate cards for their purchasing needs. 39% of BC local governments responded to this survey. All but one of the 73 respondents reported using either purchasing ca… Read more

Quarterly Question | Property Taxes...What is the Trend?

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Prior to COVID-19, two thirds of municipalities reported 2019 property tax increases that exceeded those in 2018. For many communities, the pandemic brought economic uncertainty. In early 2020, many municipalities adjusted tax rates and tax collectio… Read more

Quarterly Question | Staffing Levels…How has COVID Changed Operations?

Thursday, March 25, 2021
The diverse group of local governments that returned this survey gave a snapshot of how this pandemic fast-tracked change and technological transformation in the sector. The initial lockdown brought about a number of challenges. For the majority of r… Read more

Quarterly Question | Property Tax 2020...What Was the Outcome?

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Despite some early grim predictions on property tax collection, BC local governments have reported collecting most property tax revenue receivables as of October 2020. With 36% of municipal governments reporting, the average collection rate was 92% w… Read more

Quarterly Question | Credit Card Payments…What’s Your Practice?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
We received responses to this question from close to half of all BC local governments of varying populations and geographical locations. Credit cards are accepted by 53% of local government respondents. One third of these local governments accept cre… Read more

Quarterly Question | Mortgage Listings and Refunds…How Do We Recoup the Cost?

Monday, March 16, 2020
We received responses from local governments of varying populations from across the province from the City of Vancouver to the Village of Lytton. It appears that charging for folio listings requested by mortgage companies is practiced by most local g… Read more

Quarterly Question | NSF Fees…What’s the Standard?

Sunday, December 1, 2019
We received responses from nearly 50% of all local governments of varying populations from across the province.  Most variation in the responses can be attributed to volume of transactions, i.e., more transactions increased the incidence of receiving… Read more

Quarterly Question | Property Tax…What’s Included?

Monday, September 16, 2019
Thank you to Mark Coulter from the City of Campbell River who used the GFOABC Forum to ask for help comparing property taxes across BC, breaking down how other local governments charge for services like water, sewer and garbage. To get the answer, Ci… Read more

Quarterly Question | Finance Department Staffing Levels

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thank you to Sheena Moore of Revelstoke for the online forum post that prompted the quarterly question on staffing levels of local government finance departments. A special thank you to Chris Calder of Regional District of Fraser-Fort George for prov… Read more

Quarterly Question | Elected Official Remuneration

Monday, March 18, 2019
Our most recent question on elected official remuneration was prompted after the recent election. The survey was presented to the membership December 7th and received 27 unique responses upon closing February 28. The results are as follows:  Click t… Read more

Quarterly Question | Local Gov't Financial Software Survey

Friday, December 7, 2018
Our most recent question on local government software was prompted after several major changes in the industry. The survey was presented to the membership October 1st and received 65 unique responses upon closing November 30th.  The results are as fo… Read more

Quarterly Question | Staff Per Diem Allowances

Monday, September 17, 2018
Thank you to the District of Metchosin for requesting GFOABC survey the membership on their per diem rates. As a result of this survey our strategic partner CivicInfo is considering including per diems in their annual survey to be shared with local g… Read more