I received a question a few days ago about Penticton's contribution to the RDOS. The issue of Penticton pulling out of the RDOS has recently appeard on Dan Albas's blog with some questions about what Penticton gets from the RDOS.
The basic breakdown is this: The total RDOS budget is about $40M but some of this is covered by grants, user fees, and so on. As such, the total tax requisition (from member municipalities and rural areas) is about $12.9M. Of this, Penticton's total tax requisition is about $1.64M, or about 12.7% of the RDOS total.
I should point out that about $600,000 of Penticton's $1.6M is passed along to other multi-regional boards (e.g., the Okanagan Basin Water Board). The RDOS has no control over these transfers because these multi-regional boards have their own taxing authority and set their own budgets for the services they provide.
You sometimes hear that Penticton pays for 41% of the RDOS. This is simply incorrect. Penticton pays about 40-41% of only those RDOS services that are shared equally and charged out based on total assessed value (Penticton has 40-41% of the assessed value in the RDOS). However, there are many RDOS services (e.g., planning, engineering) that Penticton does not use because the city has its own in-house staff. Naturally, Penticton does not pay for what it does not use. That is why its overall tax contribution to the RDOS is much less than the 40-41% mark.
The services that Penticton does use are listed below with their 2010 and 2010 tax requisition amounts (not total budget, just the amount charged to taxpayers to pay for the services). The total RDOS requisition is also shown on the right for comparison.
The "General Government" category is for RDOS overhead and any grants that the RDOS dispenses (e.g., the grant to OK College, the Okanagan Film Commission, and so on).
|REGIONAL DISTRICT OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN|
|2011 Budget Comparative Requisition|
|CITY OF PENTICTON||2011*||2010||Regional Total||of Region|
|SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN||18,278||37,439||45,485||40%|
|911 EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM||317,253||329,207||814,878||39%|
|DESTRUCTION OF PESTS||5,559||6,094||3,268||170%|
|REGIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY - SUB-REGIONAL||33,246||24,819||73,694||45%|
|Requisitions from Other Multi-Regional Boards|
|OKANAGAN BASIN WATER BOARD||398,589||373,105||826,792||48%|
|PARCEL TAX: STERILE INSECT RELEASE||47,787||41,711|
|RDOS TOTAL COMPARISON||1,640,633||12,935,464||12.68%|
* The 2011 RDOS budget has not been adopted yet. These are merely provisional estimates.