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  • 1 (1) Municipalities and their councils are recognized as an order of government within their jurisdiction that
  • (a) is democratically elected, autonomous, responsible and accountable,
  • (b) is established and continued by the will of the residents of their communities, and
  • (c) provides for the municipal purposes of their communities.
  • (2) In relation to subsection (1), the Provincial government recognizes that municipalities require
  • (a) adequate powers and discretion to address existing and future community needs,
  • (b) authority to determine the public interest of their communities, within a legislative framework that supports balance and certainty in relation to the differing interests of their communities,
  • (c) the ability to draw on financial and other resources that are adequate to support community needs,
  • (d) authority to determine the levels of municipal expenditures and taxation that are appropriate for their purposes, and
  • (e) authority to provide effective management and delivery of services in a manner that is responsive to community needs.

2003-26-1, effective January 1, 2004 (B.C. Reg. 423/2003).