Spallumcheen taxes rise

A bit of tweaking has been done, but Spallumcheen residents can still expect a small tax increase in 2014.

Council unanimously approved three readings of its five-year financial plan bylaw Tuesday.

“The average Spallumcheen residence can expect an increase of $47.18 which is for municipal tax collection only,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

Capital expenditures would cost $2.1 million, which is down from a $2.6 million projection in March, and the township’s public works budget is pencilled in for 2014 at $1.332 million.

Final adoption is expected May 5.

Couns. Ed Hanoski and Andrew Casson were absent from Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Request granted

A request from the Stardel Waterworks Improvement District to have the township become its collector was unanimously approved.

“We do this for a lot of other water districts,” said Freeman-Marsh.

The township collects for Canyon, Steele Springs, Grandview, Laird, Larkin, Lansdowne, Mountain View, Otter Lake, Silver Star and Stepney water districts.

Noxious weeds

The township will continue its participation in the Regional District of North Okanagan’s noxious weed control program.

Weed control within regional district municipalities is conducted on a fee-for-service basis.

“By participating in the regional program, the weed control officer would respond to noxious weed complaints within the municipality,” explained John Friesen, RDNO’s weed control officer.

Friesen’s role is to also carry out control as required on private and public lands.

The program is only for weeds listed in the Weed Control Act and does not include general vegetation.


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