Village of Lumby proposing modest tax increase

Numbers may be a bit deceiving when Lumby residents get their 2016 tax bill

Numbers may be a bit deceiving when Lumby residents get their 2016 tax bill.

The village is proposing a 2.3 per cent increase, but due to the offset of the Regional District of North Okanagan building inspection service, which Lumby is taking on, the increase may appear higher.

“The total will be higher than that because of the transfer from the regional district,” said Mayor Kevin Acton. “But at the same time the tax requisition for the regional district should show a decrease.”

A total of $10,001 is being collected to offset the cost of the building inspection service.

“That should not impact taxpayers,” said Jeremy  Sundin, Lumby’s director of finance. “It’s a shuffle on the line.”

Acton is looking forward to the benefits of bringing a building inspector on board in Lumby.

“It will be pretty quick compared to all sharing a building inspector. And it will help us be a little more developer- friendly for the Village of Lumby moving forward.”

The new position will also assist as a number of projects are on the books for 2016 in Lumby.

The village will also be hiring a part-time staff member for public works.

With the additional staff, and the aging village office, some renovations will be taking place. Approximately $25,000 will be spent on an office configuration and new flooring in the building.