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Vernon tax increase rises slightly
Vernon’s financial plan remains fluid.
Not quite two weeks after lowering a tax increase for 2014, Vernon council decided Monday to push the tax rate up from 3.1 to 3.23 per cent.
The hike, which will cover the $34,000 needed to clear snow from inaccessible sidewalks, was opposed by Coun. Bob Spiers.
“I’d rather have put it off to find a different solution,” said Spiers, adding that existing money, not raising taxes, could have gone to the expenditure.
“I could identify $34,000 at the drop of a hat.”
But while he voted against the tax increase, Spiers admits, “It’s a minor change.”
The budget bylaw must still receive final adoption from council and it’s possible that the numbers could change again.