(News Bulletin file)

RDN budget projects 11 per cent tax increase for Gabriola Island

Public consultation for 2019-23 financial plan continues until Dec. 31

Gabriola Island residents could be in line for an 11 per cent property tax hike, according to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 2019 proposed budget.

The RDN’s five-year financial plan proposal was presented to directors Dec. 4 and the increase is an estimate and subject to change as 2019 B.C. property assessment numbers are set to be released on Jan. 2.

The estimated RDN general services tax rate per $100,000 of assessment could increase to $104.60 from $93.80 for people in Area B and 32 per cent of the money will be spent on community and regional parks with $773,700 budgeted for construction for a skateboard park at Huxley Park that includes a pathway and skate bowl.

The City of Nanaimo could see a property tax requisition increase of 4.4 per cent, with the general services tax rate per $100,000 of assessed value estimated to jump to $92.60 from $88.60.

According to the report, 42 per cent of money from Nanaimo will go to transit services with a 5,000-hour transit service expansion, for a Vancouver Island University route, set for January.

RELATED: Decreased wait times for VIU buses coming

RELATED: RDN shelling out $200K for pump station upgrade

District of Lantzville will see an increase of less than one per cent (0.7 per cent) and its tax rate per $100,000 is estimated to increase 50 cents to $80.60 per. Fifty per cent of its funds will go toward recreation services.

The South Wellington, Cassidy and Cedar area (Area A) is anticipated to see a tax increase of 3.1 per cent. The area’s general services tax rate per $100,000 is estimated to rise to $127.60 per from $123.70. Community and regional recreation and culture will see 32 per cent of that.

Area C – Extension, East Wellington and Pleasant Valley – is anticipated to see a 3.3 per cent increase in its property tax rate. It’s estimated it will increase to $111.10 per $100,000 from $107.50. Twenty-five per cent of that will go to community and regional recreation and culture.

Area E (Nanoose Bay) is expected to see its rate increase 7.4 per cent. Its general services tax rate per $100,000 is projected to increase to $97.90 per from $91.20 per. Twenty-seven per cent will go toward community and regional recreation and culture.

The RDN’s 2019 expenditures could include a number of staff additions. Two full-time bus drivers are proposed and would impact the budget to the tune of $168,500. A corporate records officer could cost the regional district $86,294 in 2019. Other notable positions include a communications engagement officer ($101,376), legislative coordinator ($78,048) and a term planning technician ($85,186), who will respond to building permitting referrals.

The RDN is also projecting employee wages to increase two per cent and a new B.C. health tax is expected to increase payroll 2.9 per cent.

The regional district budget also has $300,000 set aside for the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange to act as a research and recycling hub for zero waste recycling.

Among tentative 2019 capital expenditures, close to $2 million has been budgeted for upgrades to the pump station at Chase River.

RDN residents can learn about and provide input for the regional district’s 2018-19 budget by going to www.getinvolved.rdn.ca/rdn-budget-talks and a survey is open until Dec. 31.

The budget proposal is scheduled to go before the board for consideration on Jan. 22. The complete five-year financial plan is slated to be presented and reviewed Feb. 12 with adoption anticipated Feb. 26.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Hundreds of Island leaders expected at next week’s summit in Nanaimo

State of the Island economic summit happens Oct. 23-24 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

City of Nanaimo looking at closing two lanes of Front Street, adding bike lanes

City councillors to discuss $400,000 project at finance and audit committee meeting Oct. 16

Vancouver Island cancer patients get new ride to appointments

Qualicum Beach woman donates van to Freemasons’ transportation program

Nanaimo Fire Rescue reviewing potential sites for future fire stations

City’s growing population, infrastructure, traffic congestion prompting study

Nanaimo Mounties want to find owner of riding tack

English-style saddle and boots and blankets found in south Nanaimo

ELECTION 2019: Climates strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Most Read