A number of infrastructure projects are planned for Vernon for 2017.

Vernon sticks to infrastructure tax

Council has approved the continuation of the 1.9 per cent infrastructure levy for 2017

Vernon residents will continue to be taxed specifically for infrastructure upgrades.

Council has approved the continuation of the 1.9 per cent infrastructure levy for 2017 to fund the capital plan.

“The infrastructure tax was a 10-year plan to address our infrastructure deficit,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

“We are now in the fifth year of this plan. I will continue to support it each year until we reach our original monetary target.”

Spiers speculates that tax shifting and growth may lead to the target being met before 2022.

Council recently supported the $13 million capital budget that will renew roads, pipes and other infrastructure in 2017.

In a related matter, council has given three readings to the 2017 budget, including a 3.6 per cent tax increase.

Final adoption of the budget is anticipated Jan. 9.

Sewer funding sought

The City of Vernon hopes big bucks will allow sewer services to be expanded.

The city will pursue a federal/provincial grant for sewer in Okanagan Landing.

“We’re cautiously optimistic we’ll get this money and move forward with the project,” said Mark Dowhaniuk, infrastructure management manager.

The proposed cost of the project is $3.6 million and federal/provincial grants could  amount to $3 million.

“Receiving funding would allow extension of the city’s sanitary sewer system to several high risk neighbourhoods in the Okanagan Landing area,” said Dowhaniuk.


Just Posted

Vernon Peewees second at Valley of Champions tournament

The Vernon A Peewees baseball team won the silver medal on July 14

Vernon Women’s Transition House changes name

Name changed to Archway Society for Domestic Peace to showcase all programs offered

Falkland Fancy Fest will have human Hungry Hungry Hippos game

No Nap Records offering live music, camping and games in Falkland on July 27

Vernon seniors want to volunteer with cats and dogs at SPCA

GoFundMe campaign launched to cover transportation costs for three animal-loving seniors

Shuswap donkey refuge event celebrates 20 years of rescues

The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge will host its Donkey Day fundraiser on July 27

When walls talk: Vernon murals see generation II

“This new movement, an app, will bring the strength of some of those same Vernon visionaries together again into a newdigital form”

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

COLUMN: Looking back to a time of optimism

The first lunar landing 50 years ago was a time to celebrate dreams and accomplishments

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Okanagan e-scooter company foils robberies

OGO Scooters staff helped return stolen property three times in 1st week of operations in Kelowna

Most Read