The Cariboo Regional District is seeking public input on its 2019 draft budget as it proposes to collect 3.2% more taxes than last year
“Most of the services will have either no increases or very minor increases,” said Area D Director and Finance Chair, Steve Forseth.
“We have a few that have big increases. Two big examples would be the 150 Mile Fire Protection and Red Bluff sewer.”
Another service set to see an increase is solid waste management services due to operating costs of the CRD’s landfills and recycling programs, as well in the management of waste following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.
“CRD staff have applied for a Red Cross fund to cover our wood management costs but we haven’t heard back if that has been accepted or not,” Forseth said.
“Also some new provincial regulations around engineering of how landfills are designed are coming into play in the next few years.”
Public input on the CRD’s 2019 draft budget will be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 19.
There will be an open house for residents in the Red Bluff area to learn more about the sewer user fee increase in Quesnel at The Lodge on Tuesday, Feb 5 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm with Area A Director Mary Sjostrom.
Area F Director Joan Sorley and Manager of Protective Services, Stephanie Masun will be hosting a formal presentation on the tax requisition increase for 150 Mile fire protection on Wednesday, February 13 at the 150 Mile Community Hall starting at 7 pm.
“If you’re a resident of either of those areas I really would encourage you to get out and let your area directors know what you think about the increases so that that feedback can get back to the Board as we adopt the budget mid-March,” Forseth said.