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Conservation Fund Technical Advisory Committee

[The following ad has been posted on several websiteshttp://www.soscp.org/2017/news/rdos-seeks-technical-advisory-committee-for-south-okanagan-conservation-fund-2/]

The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) is seeking qualified individuals to volunteer as a member for the newly established South Okanagan Conservation Fund Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

Rural-urban divide?

Anyone looking at a map of the 2017 provincial election results has to notice the "beyond Hope" issue.  The interior of Britsh Columbia is largely represented by the Liberal party, whereas the urban areas of the lower mainland and island are represented by the NDP.

At the same time, Metro Vancouver is calling foul when it comes to school and property taxes.  Just a heads-up.

Issues: 

May 2017 flooding

The main RDOS site has a page for its Emergency Operations Centre:

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/

You can check this for the most recent updates about flooding in the the RDOS.  It also has contact information for getting sandbags.

The RDOS emergency management page has some advice on dealing with flooding (about half-way down the page):

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/community-services/emergencyprotective-services/emergency-management/

 

Moorage of M.V. Fintry off Kickininee Provincial Park

Just a heads-up: The RDOS has been asked to comment on a proposal for the temporary moorage of the Fintry Queen in Okanagan Lake off Area F.

  1. The proposed management plan can be found here
  2. RDOS staff report to Area F APC

 

The RDOS is not the decision maker, the Province of BC is.  Howerver, like the PIB, we may be considered stakeholders and are being asked to comment.  Please let me know (or leave a comment below) if you have any strong views one way or another on this proposal.

 

 

A walking tour of finances in Area F

I have posted a webinar "walking tour" of finances in Area F of the RDOS.  It is just under 30 minutes long and attempts to explain (for example) why our taxes are generally higher than those in Naramata:

 

This webinar follows-on from my previous video in which I looked at the 2017 Area F budget.

 

In both cases these are pretty amateur affairs based on my dashboarding tool, which can be found here if you wish to explore on your own:

Understanding the 2017 RDOS budget

One of the things I teach at Simon Fraser University is a course called Business Analytics.  Part of that course is the emerging field of "visual analytics", which is really just a fancy way of saying charts and graphs.  I personally am a big fan of charts and graphs and have been trying to create a tool to translate the massive RDOS budget into a series of pretty pictures.

RDOS proposal unfair tax policy (Conservation Fund)

The following letter was submitted to the Penticton Herald (link here).  I had something to do with the structure of the tax to support the Conservation Fund so I feel I should respond to some of the points Mr. Llewellyn raises.  My comments are bolded below.

Re: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s proposed Bylaw No. 2690, 2016.

After spending 40 years dealing with property appraisal, assessment administration and tax policy issues the RDOS’s new tax on all of us is flawed. As a past president of the International Association of Assessing Officers, I strongly recommend every resident of the RDOS oppose the quiet introduction of this bylaw for the following reasons:

Cattle guard is gone

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

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