Enderby supports seniors

Two groups that provide seniors housing in Enderby have again made the grade for permissive tax exemptions

Two groups that provide seniors housing in Enderby have again made the grade for permissive tax exemptions.

Pioneer Place Society, which operates the 24-unit Pioneer Place, and the Enderby Seniors Housing Society, which runs the 15-unit Enderby Memorial Terrace, are among 12 organizations covering 20 properties applying for exemptions.

Enderby council had directed city staff to look into the amount of provincial government funding Pioneer Place Society and Enderby Seniors Housing Society receives before granting an exemption.

“It’s obvious that they don’t receive a lot of help so I’m glad we opted to continue support,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

Pioneer Place Society receives no provincial funding while the Enderby Seniors Housing Society receives provincial funds that is based on the average rent of low income rental units in the North Okanagan.

“The society charges their tenants a portion of this amount and the remaining rent is funded by the provincial government,” wrote Enderby chief financial officer Jennifer Bellamy in a report to council. “The funding the society receives is currently at the maximum.”

Both societies wrote letters to council asking for its continued support.

Council gave three readings to its permissive tax exemption bylaw. Adopting the bylaw is expected at a future meeting.