District of Taylor council news in brief

Highlights from the District of Taylor council and committee meetings on Feb. 4, 2019:

Budget update

Council is looking to hold the line on tax revenues for 2019 as it awaits the results from a core service and asset management review due later this year.

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Council gave finance director Mike McPhail direction to draft a budget with the following tax rates for 2019 (2018 rates in parantheses):

Residential: 3.4360 (3.4000)
Major industry: 43.9548 (44.2208)
Light industry: 23.3064 (23.9800)
Commercial: 5.5436 (5.5500)
Recreational: 3.6988 (3.8880)
Farm: 4.5698 (5.2483)
Utilities: 34.4735 (34.1250)

The proposed rates would raise the same $3.18 million in tax revenues this year as last year.

"We're doing the best we can to hold revenues exactly the same as last year," Mayor Rob Fraser said.

In a report to council, McPhail notes the district's assessment portfolio stayed relatively flat for 2019, with an increase of .271%.

New construction in 2018 resulted in a projected increase of $897 in tax revenues for 2019, according to the report.

Other business

• Council approved a $500 sponsorship for the 40th Annual Government/Hydro/Telus Funspiel being held on February 22 and 23.

• Council waived community hall rental fees for the Phoenix Volunteer Club to hold a St. Patrick’s Day family dinner and dance fundraiser on Friday, March 8.

• Council approved the Peace River Regional District - Taylor Rural Fire Protection Service Agreement for a one year period, ending December 31, 2019. The term maintains compensation at 2018 levels. The term length and compensation amounts will be revised in the 2020 Taylor Rural Fire Protection Agreement.

• Council approved adding $50,000 to the 2019 capital budget for boiler control system replacement and upgrades at the community hall

• Council authorized staff to start renovations at the Lone Wolf clubhouse kitchen ahead of adopting the 2019-2023 financial plan, at a cost not to exceed $10,000.

• Council approved an $18,600 retrofit of the fire department's Brush 3 truck so it can be used as a utility vehicle when it's not being used as a brush truck.

• Council gave first three readings to Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 831, 2019, which will provide interim financing to service the Parcel Z subdivision.

• Volunteer firefighter Andrew Wingo was presented with an award for 10 years of service.

• Ryan Galay was introduced as the new general manager at Lone Wolf Golf Course. Read more by clicking here.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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