BX trail on track for Dixon Dam

The Regional District of North Okanagan is proceeding with a multi-use trail on Dixon Dam Road in Vernon's BX district...

Greater Vernon’s trail network is expanding.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is proceeding with a multi-use trail on Dixon Dam Road in the BX.

“This is a good news story,” said director Mike Macnabb.

The one-kilometre path will link two existing parts of the Grey Canal trail between Hartnell and Maddock roads.

“It goes through the Magnetic Hill area,” said Macnabb.

The full cost of the project is about $100,000.

RDNO seeks voter consent bypass

The Regional District of North Okanagan doesn’t believe taxpayers should have the power to sidetrack critical infrastructure workers.

Southern Interior jurisdictions will be asked to support a resolution that exempts necessary water works projects from elector assent, such as referendum.

Trafford Hall, administrator, says long-term borrowing is challenging if there is opposition.

“If voters say no, we have to (short-term) finance in five years and then taxes go way up,” he said.

Necessary sewer projects are presently exempt from voter assent.

Tax brake sought for volunteers

Volunteers may be financially recognized if the Regional District of North Okanagan gets its way.

It is urging the federal government to amend the Income Tax Act so volunteers receive a tax benefit for their efforts.

“It’s a thoughtful motion,” said chairperson Patrick Nicol of trying to encourage people to lend a hand in their community.

The federal government is presently considering a tax benefit for people who volunteer as firefighters.

United Way gets a hand

A fundraiser for community programs has received help from taxpayers.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has absorbed the $938 rent fee for the United Way’s Wine Expo at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

The event was held Thursday and the funds raised went to 27 non-profit agencies.

Rent was the single largest cost associated with the event and by having it waived, United Way executive director Linda Yule said more of the raised funds can go towards the social agencies.