user fees

Just use the water meters already!

There was an article in The Herald recently about the RDOS's failure to use the West Bench's newly installed water meters for billing.  Fair enough, but please appreciate that the goal here is not to drag our heels but rather save some people unnecessary anxiety.

As readers of this blog might know, I have been taking a look at the water meter data as it becomes available every month (e.g., see this posting from August 2015).  The issue we have is huge variability in recorded water usage among some residential properties.  This variance could be caused by:

  1. Extreme water use (customer's fault)
  2. Leaks (RDOS's fault/problem)
  3. Meter reading errors (RDOS's fault/problem)

 

Neighborhoods: 

Preliminary water meter data as of August 2015

Notwithstanding the parent post, a number of residents have asked me about using our water meter data.  Although we are collecting the data there are two issues:

  1. We still do not have the full year
  2. We are still debugging some of the meters (software errors, leaks, and so on).

 

Neighborhoods: 

Non-residents will pay more to use recreation facilities

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If you want to play then you have got to pay.

Penticton council voted 4-3 to establish a two-tiered recreation fee structure that will charge non-Penticton residents more money to use city facilities.

The new fee structure will be limited to the Penticton Community Centre along with its pool and fitness room, McLaren Arena and the Cleland Community Theatre.

Region must share in facilities’ costs

Charging a higher rate for using the city’s recreational facilities hardly seems like a neighbourly thing to do. But Penticton council was left with little choice when they approved a two-tiered fee structure earlier this week.

Under the proposal, which still needs to have items such as pricing ironed out, those living in areas outside the city boundaries will have to pay more to use the Penticton Community Centre and pool, McLaren Arena and Cleland Community Theatre.

Two-tiered user fees

I sent the following email to Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton regarding two-tiered user fees for recreational assets owned by the City of Penticton:

-----Original Message-----
From: "Michael Brydon"
To: "Dan Ashton"
Subject: Two-tiered recreation fees

Hi Dan,

I was just catching up on my reading following a couple of weeks of vacation and was alarmed to read a story in the Herald (12 Mar, 2009) about the City of Penticton "scrambling" to implement a two-tiered recreation fee. I inherited a binder from Ron Perrie entitled "Sub-Regional Recreation" that discusses the current situation in which 23% of those who register for programs with the City of Penticton's Recreation Department are not residents of the City. Documents in the binder argues for "fairness" in shouldering the burden of subsidies for these programs.