CSRD pursues parcel tax

Approval process: Watershed council funding sought.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors had to move fast at the Sept. 17 board meeting.

The regional district was running out of time in getting approval for the amended Shuswap Watershed Council Service Establishment bylaw by Sept. 30 from the province’s Inspector of Municipalities.

At the Aug. 20 meeting, directors gave third reading to the bylaw, and agreed on the alternative approval process to get elector assent on the $180,000 required to fund the council, to be paid in a parcel tax by Area C South Shuswap, D Falkland/Silver Creek/Salmon Valley, E Rural Sicamous, District of Sicamous and Area F North Shuswap property owners.

If 10 per cent or more of the eligible electors sign and submit response forms noting their opposition, local governments cannot proceed with the proposed matter without first holding a vote.

In order to get the service established in 2016, elector response must be received by CSRD no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

At the Sept. 17 board meeting, South Shuswap director Paul Demenok expressed his concern about the wording of the proposed Elector Response form that directors were being asked to approve.

Instead of the total, Demenok asked that individual parcel tax amounts be included as $180,000 figure might scare people.

“I am not sure that’s permitted under the Local Government Act,” responded Jodi Pierce, manager of financial services. “If it doesn’t get approved today it would be pushed back to the next meeting and then the clock starts again.”

That means there would have to be another report to the board for directors to approve the process.

“Once CSRD has approval from the inspector, and only then, can we advertise that we are holding an alternative approval process…Then there needs to be 30 clear days from the date of the last advertisement in which the public has time to register their opposition by way of the approved form,” says Pierce.

 

Just Posted

Re-elected North Okanagan-Shuswap MP plans to be more effective in second term

Mel Arnold says he learned a lot in first term, established contacts in riding and in Ottawa

Student enrolment for 2019/20 exceeds School District #83 projections

Increase attributed to more people moving into the North Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon boy Mel Arnold’s ‘biggest little supporter’

While other kids were reading Dr. Seuss, Alex Mulder was studying Canada’s prime ministers

Man allegedly uses gun to rob Salmon Arm bank

Police investigating video footage, asking for information, tips from public

Boil water notice lifted for some residents on the west side of Okanagan Lake

Two-hundred and seventy property owners in the Westshoe Estates Subdivision can now safely drink their water again

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

Hundreds attend first annual climate and food conference in Kelowna

Over 25 industry experts spoke at the two-day event

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

South Okanagan man charged following armed standoff gets bail

Information on the proceedings is limited due to publication ban

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Windstorm knocks out power for 10,000 in north and central B.C.

Power slowly being restored, BC Hydro says

Most Read