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Regional district proposes budget increase in 2014

Cariboo Regional District chief administrative officer Janis Bell goes over the 2014 budget during a public presentation Saturday in Williams Lake. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Cariboo Regional District chief administrative officer Janis Bell goes over the 2014 budget during a public presentation Saturday in Williams Lake.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

The Cariboo Regional District is proposing a 2.4 per cent budget increase in 2014.

“Based on inflationary costs the overall budget is up about 1.1 per cent and the remainder of the charges are for new services or improvements,” CRD chair Al Richmond said.

During a public presentation of the budget in Williams Lake Saturday, chief financial officer Janis Bell outlined those new or improved services.

They include $5,000 for the West Chilcotin Search and Rescue, $6,000 for the Anahim Lake airport, and $50,000 for Central Cariboo Recreation Areas D, E, F and Williams Lake.

The $50,000 for recreation areas will mean the CRD will offer more support to recreational amenities such as biking trails or the playing fields at Esler.

Arts and culture will see a slight increase of about $12,000, which Bell said has been the plan.

When the arts and culture function was first developed, the plan was always to expand the funding so more programs could be developed.

150 Mile House resident George Atamanenko encouraged the CRD to look at its supports to heritage opportunities.

“I think we’ve only scratched the surface,” he told Bell. “With a tourism connection I think it’s important to seriously look at heritage.”

Taxpayers will see some decreases in budget lines, for example Williams Lake rural fire protection there are decreases of $52 and $72 per $100,000 of assessed value compared to 2013.

Of the overall $41.8 million budget, 52 per cent is covered from taxation.

The Williams Lake budget meeting wrapped up a series which saw public presentations held in Quesnel and 100 Mile House.

 

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