Calculate your taxes

The City of Vernon has installed a tax calculator program on its website

Vernon residents can prepare for the taxman.

The City of Vernon has installed a tax calculator program on its website — vernon.ca

Coun. Bob Spiers is encouraging residents to use the service.

“You can find out how much your taxes are going up or down. It’s online now,” he said.

The city’s 2017 budget calls for an overall 3.58 per cent tax increase — 1.68 per cent for operations and 1.9 per cent for infrastructure. The actual impact on a property will depend on its assessment.

Park being put in play

A Vernon park will open thanks to volunteers.

The city has received an offer from the Lakeview Estates Community Association to provide volunteer assistance to maintain Deer Park on Tronson Road.

“We have a good solution,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.

Residents had been pushing to have the park and tennis courts open, but city administration had expressed concerns about the condition of the facilities there.