By Joyce Langerak - Penticton Western News Published: February 28, 2009
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is working on a budget which at this point would see taxes go up 13.4 per cent.
That’s not acceptable, says Penticton Coun. John Vassilaki who also sits on the board of the RDOS.
Penticton pays 42 per cent of administrative cost for the RDOS, he explained. In the budget proposed for 2009, that number has gone up by about $220,000 — 15.5 per cent over last year. Along with other increases included in the budget draft, the total taxes would rise from $11,050,000 to $12,526,000 — an overall increase of 13.4 per cent.
“Those figures are not palatable to me,” said Vassilaki. “The City of Penticton is also trying for a zero increase. There’s no way on earth I’ll be voting in favour of such an increase when we’re trying at the city to make it zero.”