Regional district takes aim at provincial downloading

Victims assistance program costs climb while government grant remains unchanged

Ongoing provincial downloading is a source of frustration for local officials.

Regional District of North Okanagan directors agreed Wednesday to increase the funding available for the victims assistance program because Ministry of Justice grants have not kept pace with growing costs.

“By approving this, this lets the ministry off of the hook,” said director Chris Pieper.

The ministry has also required increased service levels, including coverage in Falkland although it is outside of RDNO.

To ensure there are sufficient resources for 2013, RDNO will increase the available funding for the program from $120,000 to $140,000.

Directors also want to meet with Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster to discuss the situation.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.