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.