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of the Area H tax base. Area H is now contributing more to the region, but the vast majority of the increase is paid by the owner of the LNG Plant. For North Oyster/Diamond, excluding the costs for Fire Protection services, the cost per $100,000 of assessed value went from $106.21 in 2011 to $112.46 for 2012 which is a $6.25 increase. The average residential property in Area H is $400,000; the result is a $25.00 tax increase to the average taxpayer. Between 2006 and 2012, the average tax increase has been a total of approximately $85 for a property owner or $14 per year. Of that $85 lift over six years, $20 can be attributed to the Regional Parkland Acquisition Fund, which was approved by the public through the referendum process. Costs for CVRD fire protection services are not paid by all North Oyster/ Diamond taxpayers; therefore they have been addressed separately. In 2012, the requisition for North Oyster Fire Protection has been increased from $60.27 per $100,000 assessed value to $69.18 per $100,000 or $35.64

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per average home. The reason for the increase has been explained in previous publications. As you can see from the above information, the statement that the CVRD has increased taxes by 49.45 per cent over the past six years could mislead Area H property owners into thinking that taxes for this area have increased over 49 per cent since 2006, when they actually have not. This clarified information was provided to those who attended the meeting mentioned on the posters and notices. Because I believe that all taxpayers, not just those who were able to attend the meeting, should receive this information, I have used this venue to share it with all of you.

CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY The Saltair Water System is in need of major upgrades. That was obvious to all that attended the three public meetings held at the old Mt. Brenton School in Saltair. Dave Leitch, the water manager from the CVRD, outlined the problems with the system. Through these

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meetings and a series of questions the people voted with digital clickers to do the upgrades and how to finance them. They also agreed on the method to get public approval. It was agreed that we would do $4.5 million in upgrades over a 15 year period. It would mean $358 extra on the parcel tax that is added to the yearly land taxes that we pay. If you already defer your taxes, you would also be able to defer this tax as well. The method chosen for public approval was a petition. We needed to sign up more than 50% of the property owners who represent more than 50% of the land value of the service area for the water system. This would turn out to be a huge task as there are 175 absentee landowners in Saltair and are not aware of the water issues. They were mailed petitions but very few of them mailed them back. That meant we would have to get more than 2/3 of the property owners that actually live here to get our 50%. 22 members of the Saltair Ratepayers took on the task as canvassers and went door to door and sometimes had to visit a home 5 or 6 times before getting a signature. If two

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