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General News · 28th November 2018
Carol Lewis
The SRD is simply saying, and I quote, “THAT staff prepare a draft policy on Regional District service initiatives for review by the Board that speaks to public engagement, consultation and consistency as part of the approval process (

They are protecting the interests of Cortes people by insisting that we get the public consultation we were promised and the opportunity for our concerns to be addressed prior to the final drafting of the bylaw.

Another concern they raise is consistency. Parcel taxes were consistently discussed prior to the referendum as the basis on which these new taxes would be based. Now it has shifted to taxes based on assessed value which is being presented as more fair.

But, if you click on the above link and read through the relevant parts, you will observe that it is being proposed that the new taxes are based on the GREATER OF either $75,000.00 or $45,000.00 (depending on the tax) OR an amount determined by a formula which considers property value.

What will the new maximum be if it is based on property value? Will a ceiling be set? What if our property values veer up sharply and our income does not? This is an important consideration and is inconsistent with discussions prior to the referendum.