Summer reading

  • Posted on: 3 August 2010
  • By: Michael Brydon
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My collegue Peter Tingling and I have an article on decision making published in the Summer 2010 edition of the MIT Sloan Management review.  The article takes a look at the issue of "decision-based evidence making", which is the process of manufacturing evidence to support a decision made using other means.

In case you are looking for something to read this summer, a PDF version of the article can be found here.

Explanation of the 2009 property tax mix-up

  • Posted on: 11 June 2010
  • By: Michael Brydon
Update 11 June 2010: Area F residents outside of Faulder should notice that the mill rates for "Area F OK_Simil. Reg" and "Area F Tax on Bldgs" have gone down significantly in 2010 (relative to 2009).  This is the "adjustement" that the provincial government promised us.  If you did not notice the impact of the adjustment on your taxes, it might be because RDOS taxes are a relatively small part of your overall bill.  See a more detailed discription of rural taxes.



The threat of two-tiered user fees for recreation

  • Posted on: 12 May 2010
  • By: Michael Brydon

I recieved the following question recently from a concerned resident:

What is your position on the surcharging of children involved in sports when using Penticton facilities?  I understand that my children will now be subjected to a user fee to engage in Penticton Minor Hockey.  Are we not trying to encourage families to engage in healthy lifestyles with active bodies?  This measure seems to speak against the value of involvement in physical activity.  Children who live outside of the Penticton tax zone will be penalized and many will not engage as a result of being priced out of participating. This is a major step in the wrong direction.  Many families on the West Bench and outlying areas are having their ability to cover costs stretched far too far. This is another of those situations.

Background on the City of Penticton's two-tier scheme can be found here.