Michael Brydon's blog

The city of peaches and beaches?

The RDOS recently followed the lead of other regional districts in the Okanagan and awarded a grant to the Okanagan Film Commission.  I am against such grants/subsidies for many reasons.  But the most important is that the economic impact of film production in the Okanagan is negligible.  Indeed, the economic impact of the entire tourism sector is much smaller than most people realize.

I collected some census data and submitted a report to the RDOS board in order to back up these claims.  The full report can be found here, although the central argument is captured in the graphic below

Sources of income in the RDOS

 

The horse problem: A Delphi survey to determine goals and objectives

We recently completed a three-round Delphi survey to determine an appropriate set of goals and objectives for dealing with the horse problem in Area F.  I have posted

The next stage is to develop a set of alternatives that satisfy the most important goals and objectives. This second "Possible Solutions" Delphi survey is currently in progress.  Please contact me if you would like to know more or become involved.

Issues: 

The relationship between water upgrades and sewer for the West Bench

I received the following question via email:

In regards to the West Bench water issue currently before us, a valid question has come up that I believe may be of importance. Will the purchase of water from the city of Penticton ultimately lead to sewer hook-up, thereby creating the opportunity for subdivision in the West Bench? Some residents believe that this is a possibility and it would be good to clarify this important question. As always, thank you for your quick response.

My response:

Short answer: I believe the issues are economically and politically independent and that one does not necessarily entail the other.  It would be different if new water treatment involved digging up West Bench drive.  But as far as I know it does not.

Neighborhoods: 

2009 RDOS budget

Update: 29 July, 2009:

Some of us received a bit of a shock on our 2009 Rural Property Tax Notices.  The mill rate* for 2008 was 0.5084 but 0.8665 in 2009—a 70% tax increase for this year!  Thanks to Larry McNary for brining this to my attention.

This puzzles me because the total budget for Area 'F' (not including specific service areas, such as Faulder water, OK Regional Library, police tax, etc.) dropped from $312K in 2008 to $300K in 2009.  Of course, the total assessed value of Area 'F' also dropped due to the loss of Red Wing (see below). But still, the 70% increase does not (yet) make sense to me.

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