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RDOS proposal unfair tax policy (Conservation Fund)

  • Posted on: 29 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

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

  • Posted on: 22 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

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.

Patient Care Tower construction

  • Posted on: 6 November 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

Interior Health has a webcam (click image below) just in case you want to check on the progress of the new Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower.

This will be much more interesting once the project is complete and they time-lapse the images.  Until then the webcam provides a quick and easy way to check the weather in Penticton!

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