Taxes on the rise in Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

It’s starting to become clear that taxes are on the rise for many property owners spanning the region’s different service areas.

RDOS

RDOS

Although budget deliberations are not complete at the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, it’s starting to become clear that taxes are on the rise for many property owners spanning the region’s different service areas.

At this point in the budget process the 2017 budget is set to increase by $669,000 overall.

Several service areas will begin new services in 2017 that include South Okanagan Transit, $46,700; Loose Bay Campground water project, $5,900; Victim Services for Electoral Areas ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, and ‘F’, $20,000; Okanagan Regional Library for Keremeos, Area ‘B’, Area ‘G’ for $24,800, among others.

Read more: 2015 taxes rose to pay for RDOS office renovations

Because services are broken down into sub-regional or local service areas, the increase will not affect each area or household the same.

An example from the preliminary budget numbers show that the average homeowner in Penticton owning a house valued at $344,323 will see an increase in their taxes of $3 in 2017 from $76 to $79 While in Area ‘B’ the increase could be as high as $44 for the average home of $199, 537 meaning a jump in taxes of $590 in 2016 to $633 in 2017.

Other increases include:

• Summerland, average house of $390,087, increase of $3, from $76 to $79 in 2017.

• Princeton, average house of $167,809, increase of $1, from $27 to $28 in 2017.

• Keremeos, average house of $195,150, increase of $37, from $307 to $340.

• Okanagan Falls/Kaleden, average house of $343,365, increase of $39, from $657 to $696.

• Naramata, average house of $431,453, increase of $80, from $914 to $993.

• Rural Keremeos, Hedley and Olalla, average house of $176,269, increase of $19, from $377 to $397.

• Rural Princeton, Tulameen, Coalmont and Eastgate, average house of $246,025, increase of $19, from $429 to $448.

One of the big unknowns for this budget yet to be calculated is the exact funding for the environmental conservation fund set to raise $450,000 from residents in the region excluding municipalities in the Similkameen and Osoyoos.

The next budget meeting is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8.

 

Just Posted

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Penticton to get outdoor ice rink for winter 2021

It’s hoped the rink will be ready to host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

The fate of Skaha Marina and its operations will be decided Saturday, June 19 on general election day. (File photo)
Penticton city hosted last forum before voters decide on fate of Skaha Marina

Residents share concerns about length of operations agreement, parking and control of park

Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)
Travel Penticton seeks to grow through increased hotel tax

The increased funds would go to creating a convention bureau and to affordable housing

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Penticton Indian Band joins for the Children Caravan to Kamloops

The Okanagan Nation Alliance has arranged a ceremony for local nations to pay respects

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Grace (left), a caribou that was born in a maternal pen north of Revelstoke, is alive and well said the province. It appears she even has a calf. Maternity pens aim to increase caribou calf survival by protecting them from predation until they are older and less vulnerable. (Contributed)
For the first time in years, caribou numbers increasing near Revelstoke

North herd growing but south herd still concerning

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

Most Read