Tax bolsters inspection service

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board supports taxation to fund building inspection services

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has endorsed a tax requisition for 2013 from electoral area property owners to fund building inspection services.

The additional tax requisition will provide funds needed to cover total expenditures for building inspection services.

“Based on 2012 assessments, an average home valued at $462,000 in Central Okanagan West will pay $26.80,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

“With the downturn in construction experienced in the areas over the past few years, revenues from permits fees have not kept pace with expenditures even though there have been reductions in staffing and inspection days to try and reduce costs.  In recent years, many local governments and regional districts have begun to rely on a tax requisition to maintain a consistent level of building inspection services.”

Bylaw Adjudication Participation

Directors have taken the first step in a process that will see the Regional District of Central Okanagan participate with other local governments in the Southern Interior Bylaw Adjudication program.

The program is designed to provide a simpler, speedier and more cost-effective resolution for minor bylaw infractions, rather than going through the court system.

“Once participating, staff expects most RDCO bylaws will be processed through the adjudication program at a cost to the RDCO of $3,959 for 2013,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

Aggressive and dangerous dog infractions will continue to be processed by the district through the Community Charter and the municipal ticketing system.