Council adopts budget
At a special meeting on Thursday, May 11, City of Powell River council adopted its five-year financial plan, which includes the 2017 budget and its annual property tax and utilities bylaws.
Councillor Russell Brewer told council at the meeting that the city’s 2.6 per cent increase in property taxes for the average municipal homeowner is lower than similar communities on the coast. Brewer compared Powell River’s increase to those in Campbell River, Gibsons, Sechelt, Comox, Courtenay, Port Alberni and North Cowichan.
Campbell River faces a hike of 2.5 per cent while the others are looking at increases of between 2.7 to 6.4 per cent, said Brewer.
Of the 2.6 per cent increase, 1.4 per cent is due to the city’s $800,000 purchase offer on a 132-acre PRSC Limited Partnership parcel of land located between Millennium Park and Townsite.
Brewer said the 1.4 per cent would stop being collected once that debt is paid in five years.
Youth council seeks members
City of Powell River is looking for new recruits to fill positions on its youth council.
Individuals aged 13 to 24 are encouraged to apply. Youth council presents issues to the city’s council and mayor.
Members will be selected for a two-year term by a committee of city councillors, with input from the current youth council.
Requirements include attending monthly meetings, liaising with the community and researching local issues.
For information, call 604.485.8603 or go to powellriver.ca.