Steve Kidd

SOPAC looking for political support

This story is relevant to Area F because rural Penticton would likely be invited to help pay for such a facility.  I have attached the budget page for 2007 (the most recent I have) for the Vernon performing arts center.  You will see that Vernon, Coldstream, and RDNO areas B and C contribute to the Vernon facility through a tax requisition.  This tax helps cover the interest and principal on the building itself plus various operations subsidies.  The total tax requisition for all four jurisdictions in 2007 was $1.145M.

Council restores firefighter positions

Funding for the two firefighter positions cut in the 2014 budget will be restored in the 2015 budget, Penticton city council announced Monday.

According to Mayor Garry Litke, the city has been in talks with the Penticton Indian Band since the spring, developing an agreement to provide fire protection, first responder and fire safety inspection services to the band’s new development and residential areas (non-native leasehold improvements) east of the Penticton Channel: Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Barefoot Beach Resort, Wright’s Beach Campground and Red Wing.

West Bench votes for Penticton water

It won’t come as a surprise that West Bench residents are strongly in favour of signing on to a deal that will see the community buying treated water from Penticton.

In a referendum Saturday, West Bench residents voted 85 per cent in support of a deal the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen made with the City of Penticton to purchase water at a rate of 22 cents per cubic metre. A total of 324 West Bench residents voted in favour of the deal in the referendum — as well as in the advance poll — while 62 were opposed.