District of Taylor council news in brief

Highlights from the District of Taylor council meeting on June 17, 2019:

• Council approved reallocating $85,000 from this year's reserves for a new public works shop to 100 Street road repairs. There are six road failures are present that are in need of base repairs and asphalt patching, according to a staff report. The costs also include some sidewalk repair. Construction of a new public works shop has been pushed to 2020 as the district waits for approval from the Agricultural Land Commission. The reserves will be topped up next year, pending ALC approval.

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• Council approved its 2018 statement of financial information, a list of employee salaries, travel and conference expenses, and payments to contractors. The district spent just under $745,000 on salaries for mayor and council, and eight employees earning more than $75,000. It spent another $2.68 million on employee salaries less than $75,000, and another $9.5 million on payments to various vendors.

• Council will look to schedule meetings with the ministry of health, municipal affairs, and transportation at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities convention this fall. 

• Construction at the Jarvis Crescent subdivision is moving along, and monthly reports are expected to start next month, Coun. Brent Taillefer said. 

• Council will write a letter of support to the City of Victoria and its call on the province to increase provincial funding for libraries. Funding rates have been frozen since 2009, while increasing costs are putting pressures on municipal taxpayers, according to a letter from the city. "There is something we can agree on," Mayor Rob Fraser said with a laugh, noting the province is downloading its responsbility to fund libraries onto municipalities.

• Council denied a request from KIT Restoration to place a business sign on district property near the Lone Wolf golf course.

• Council gave the first three readings to Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw No. 836, 2019, which gives the district the ability to borrow money if needed until property taxes are collected. The bylaw authorizes borrowing of up to $3.5 million. The district has levied $4.7 million in property taxes this year.

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

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