Lumby holds line on parks tax

Taxes for parks and recreation in Lumby and Cherryville could be slashed without services paying the price.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee has revised its draft 2013 budget and the tax requisition could go from a 3.9 per cent hike to zero.

“We wound up with a bunch of government grants and we’re not hitting our reserves to replace existing infrastructure,” said director Randal Ostafichuk.

“We may be able to reduce our tax requisition (by $30,000).”

And it’s anticipated public services won’t suffer.

“We will be able to add in extra hours for community workers and add in the spray park and outdoor exercise equipment,” said Ostafichuk.

It’s also expected WVPRCAC will renew an agreement with the Monashee Arts Council to fund a co-ordinator.

“We’re grateful for the senior government grant programs,” said Rick Fairbairn, committee chairperson. “If not, we would have been in a situation that was very expensive.”

The possible zero increase compares to a five per cent hike in the tax requisition in 2012 and four per cent in 2011.

Arena machine making noise

Action is being taken to alleviate the concerns of a Lumby resident.

The new dehumidifier at Pat Duke Arena is located outside and it’s about 200  feet from a home.

“He’s been kept awake at night because of the dehumidifier operating,” said Rick Fairbairn, with the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee.

The new device has been shut down and a backup machine is being used.

“We have hired a consultant to review the situation and consider options (to reduce noise),” said Fairbairn.


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