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We are all entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts. I have used data presented by the RDOS, unfortunately they do not show their methodology. (I am not able to attach to this blog the spread sheet showing these numbers). If you want to use the NIMBY argument then let's also talk about "not putting our garbage in my neighbors backyard"

Regarding the facility costs presented in the RDOS February 1, 2018 Agenda Package, their data shows that firstly:

The cost of a full regional Facility versus five separate facilities doesn't significantly benefit residents of Penticton, Keremeos, and areas B,D,E,F,G. The capital cost per individual for a separate facility is between an additional $28 to an actual savings of $18. The extra operating cost per person is just $4/year for a separate facility over the cost of a regional facility.

On the other hand the other regions of the RDOS will benefit greatly from a regional facility versus paying for their own separate facility. For example, Summerland's capital cost for a separate facility is between $474 and $508 per person and an annual operating cost of $52 per person. A regional facility would cost Summerland residents a capital cost of $200 to $287 per person and their portion of annual operating costs would be $21. Therefore the individual Summerland tax payer will save between $221 and $274 in capital costs and $31 per year on operating costs by having a regional facility versus building their own facility.

These numbers are not mine, they are from the RDOS.

In conclusion, Summerland benefits far more than Penticton, Keremeos, and areas B,D,E,F,G by having a regional facility and therefore should also be considered for the location of that facility. (And that doesn't include the tax and lease benefits)

Secondly, data also from the RDOS, the price per tonne figures show that the cost of a regional facility would cost $65 to $80 but the cost per ton for Penticton, Keremeos, B,D,E,F,G to have their own facility would cost $72 to $75 per tonne. In other words the costs could be from as much as $10 per ton extra to $8 per ton LESS by having a separate facility. On the other hand Summerland would have to pay as much as ($148-$65) $83 per ton more for their own facility versus a regional facility. Again, they should have the facility in Summerland and not try to save their own tax payers money on the backs of Marron Valley residents.

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