A walking tour of finances in Area F

I have posted a webinar "walking tour" of finances in Area F of the RDOS.  It is just under 30 minutes long and attempts to explain (for example) why our taxes are generally higher than those in Naramata:


This webinar follows-on from my previous video in which I looked at the 2017 Area F budget.


In both cases these are pretty amateur affairs based on my dashboarding tool, which can be found here if you wish to explore on your own:

Understanding the 2017 RDOS budget

One of the things I teach at Simon Fraser University is a course called Business Analytics.  Part of that course is the emerging field of "visual analytics", which is really just a fancy way of saying charts and graphs.  I personally am a big fan of charts and graphs and have been trying to create a tool to translate the massive RDOS budget into a series of pretty pictures.

Taxes to increase in RDOS

South Okanagan residents could be paying more in taxes if the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen passes the draft budget for 2015. 

The total budget has increased from $3.72 million to $4.14 million this year, mostly due to a $436,000 capital expenditure to renovate the RDOS building at 101 Martin St. in Penticton. There is also $100,000 decrease in the surplus from the previous budget.

The budget passed first reading on Jan. 22 and is now out for public consultation. 

The average increase in cost for a homeowner in the RDOS will work out to $7.48/year.

2015 taxes in Area F

Frequent visitors to this site know that I think taxes in regional districts are complex and frustrating. They are complex because hundreds of different services are offered to different groups of residents.  Sometimes these groups correspond to our electoral area boundaries and sometimes they do not.  So in the 500 pages in the RDOS budget, only a portion is relevant to you.