Area F owner's manual

  • Posted on: 4 December 2009
  • By: Michael Brydon

Regional Districts are strange creatures.  Unlike municipalities, in which the local government has wide-ranging responsiblities and a centralized budget with which to operate, regional districts are service-based.  That is, a regional district can provide any service as long residents agree to pay for it.  Thus, if you look at your tax bill, you will see line items for things such as "noise control", "building inspection", "Okanagan Regional Library", and so on.  Each of these services was at one point approved by the electorate. And each service has its own separate budget. This makes sense to me, given the substantial differences between (say) rural Summerland and quasi-rural West Bench.  Residents pay for what they get and, just as importantly, generally do not pay for what they do not get.

The purpose of these pages is an attempt to clairify what the RDOS does and does not do for residents of Area F.  I have called it an an Owner's Manual because I envision it being a resource for owners.  This is a work in progress.  If you see a topic that you think needs coverage, please use the comment feature below to make a suggestion.