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City of Vernon Notice of Lease In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, The City of Vernon hereby advises of its intent to lease a portion of those lands at the Airport Terminal Building, located at #102 - 6300 Tronson Road, Vernon, B.C., to Kathleen Poynton. The lease area is approximately 121 square feet. The term of the lease is month to month, commencing April 18, 2013. The monthly rent will be $200.00 per month The Lessee will be required to provide insurance of not less than $2,000,000. Utilities are included in the monthly rental rate. For further information, please contact Mr. Brett Bandy, Real Estate Manager, at 250-550-3245.

Foothills Neighbourhood Plan: Community Open House A Neighbourhood Plan is being developed to help guide the future of the Foothills area. The City of Vernon will be hosting a Community Open House to gain additional input into the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Armstrong taxes climb slightly up by .84 per cent, or about $6 per household. There would be a very small decrease in resiArmstrong residents are facing a moderate tax dential recycling fee, dropping to $19.08 per year hike in 2013. from $19.33. Council unanimously gave three readings to its Tax revenue projections include an increase of five-year financial plan bylaw which $30,400 for new construction. The 1.75 would see a proposed municipal tax per cent tax hike would bring in $28,533 in hike of 1.75 per cent, or $11.79, based revenue, meaning a combined increase in on an assessed average home price in tax revenue of $58,933. the city of $284,768, this year. For the first time since a policy was “Basically, this is an inflationinstituted by former Mayor Jerry Oglow, ary increase,” said Terry Martens, Armstrong’s business class to residential Armstrong’s chief financial officer. “The class tax rate ratio is not higher than the provincial inflation rate was 1.2 per provincial average. Chris Pieper cent. The vast majority of our 1.75 per It’s exactly the same, a factor of 2.67, cent increase is inflationary.” meaning for every $100 residential taxpayResidents would also see a two per ers pay, businesses pay $267. cent rise in the residential water flat fee per unit. “We finally hit the target,” said current Mayor The old cost was $145.20 per year. Chris Pieper, who was happy with the overall budUnder the proposed budget it would hike to get. $148.11, and would be the first rise in residential “We worked fairly hard to recognize the current water rates since 2010. economic status. We recognized the businesses in The general municipal tax levy and the rise in getting it it down to the provincial average. The water fees are the only increases under the city’s slight increases we did put into it were based on control. inflationary numbers and things like that.” Things out of the city’s control, such as regional Final adoption of the budget is expected next district, hospital district and library costs, will go month. roger knox

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Municipality with no people opposed Jennifer Smith Morning Star Staff

Coldstream is joining the ranks opposing establishment of the controversial Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort municipality near Invermere. The proposed glacier-based ski resort would be the only year-round ski area in North America.


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It has not been built yet, but recently moved a step closer to it existence after being designated a mountain resort municipality. That designation has many other municipalities upset due to the fact that a town has been created without residents and without an elected council. “Its not very democratic and it’s disconcerting that a municipality would go this route,” said Coldstream Coun. Maria Besso Maria Besso. The neighbouring district of Invermere is asking every local government of B.C. to express its concern and send its support for the UBCM to get involved in a legal proceeding. Along with threatening democratic principles and local government credibility, Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft doesn’t see how the municipality can be sustainable. “It also seems unsustainable to have municipalities exist for an undetermined length of time with no tax base being completely reliant on provincial government grants to fund their operations,” said Taft in a letter.






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Vernon Morning Star, April 26, 2013  
Vernon Morning Star, April 26, 2013  

April 26, 2013 edition of the Vernon Morning Star