Oliver to pay more for services

Oliver to pay more for services

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Oliver residents will have to dig a little deeper (about $20 deeper) to pay for regional district services this year.

Chief financial officer Warren Everton presented the 2013 tax requisition to Oliver council last week, noting the Town will pay $12,000 more for regional services this year (a 13 per cent increase).

The Town paid $93,891 in 2012, which will jump to $105,939 this year. The big ticket increase this year is Frank Venables Auditorium ($3.8 million loan bylaw). Last year Oliver’s share was $33,212, which jumps to $70,170 this year (a 111 per cent increase). Everton said Oliver’s share will soar to $182,000 next year when the full grant has been given to the school district for the new auditorium.

Overall, estimated tax rates are $1.19 per $1,000 of assessed value. This works out to $401 per average household. Last year the average homeowner paid $382.

Other factors impacting the budget include a significant increase in mosquito control expenses, 9-1-1 dispatch infrastructure improvements, regional trails master plan implementation, and Solid Waste Management Plan (new composting site).

It was noted the RDOS will be using the savings (from switching fire dispatch services to Kelowna from Penticton) to upgrade the old fire dispatch technology.

Total RDOS expenditures have increased from $55.7 million in 2012 to $55.9 million this year.

The tax requisition for parks and recreation, refuse disposal and heritage services has decreased slightly.

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