Budget includes free swim

A slight change has been made to the parks and recreation fees for the Lumby area.

A slight change has been made to the parks and recreation fees for the Lumby area.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has re-adopted the 2011/2012 fees for the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee to reflect a free Canada Day afternoon swim and loonie/toonie rates on B.C. Day at the outdoor pool.

The overall fee scheduled includes no increase in fees for public skating and swimming.

Fees for rentals, such as ice time and field use, will climb two per cent to cover utilities, materials and labour.

“There’s a cost to running the facilities and the facilities are getting old,” said director Eugene Foisy.

Tax Break Given to Non-Profits

A number of non-profit organizations will get a hand from taxpayers covering property taxes.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved 2012 property tax exemptions in the rural electoral areas.

“They are all the same properties that received it last year,” said David Sewell, finance general manager.

The groups are the Vernon and District Association for Community Living in BX-Silver Star, the Vernon Gyro Club for a cabin on Lumby-Mabel Lake Road, the Mara Musical and Athletic Association for the Mara Community Hall and Petula Park and the North Okanagan Community Life Society for properties in BX-Silver Star and BX-Swan Lake.

Shuswap River Plan Endorsed

Progress continues to be made on an initiative related to the Shuswap River watershed.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has endorsed the planning framework for the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan for public presentation.

“We’re moving ahead and going to public input,” said Herman Halvorson, board chairperson, adding that there will be a public meeting in November or December.

“We want to get as many people out as we can. There’s a lot of interest in this.”

The Regional District of North Okanagan will hold a public meeting in November or December on the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.

The goal of the plan is to address a number of issues including development, pollution, soil erosion and recreational activities.

The watershed includes Cherryville, Lumby, Kingfisher, Grindrod, Enderby and Mara.