Taxes held to Cariboo Regional District target

During the meeting, both the CCRHD and the CRD proposed budgets were adopted.

At the end of 2010, the board of directors provided CRD staff with a target goal of 1.25 percent maximum requisition increase for inflationary purposes.

The target has now been achieved with the approved budgets reflecting an inflationary increase of 1.25 percent exclusive of new services and the specific inclusion of funds within the 2011 budget to cover the cost of the general elections taking place in November 2011 and the 20th anniversary of the annual Fire Chief’s Workshop in October.

The financial statements will be available online soon at www.cariboord.bc.ca

Barkerville trust

Walt Cobb, representing the Board of Directors for the Barkerville Heritage Trust announced a wine and cheese event taking place at the Tourism Discovery Centre April 1, 5 –7 p.m.

Residents are invited to come out and meet Barkerville Heritage Trust Executive members and staff and learn about what is happening at Barkerville in the upcoming year.

To confirm your attendance, please contact Barkerville at 1-888-994-3332 ext 21 or email barkerville@barkerville.ca

Hixon refuse

The Cariboo Regional District and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) have renewed a cost sharing agreement for the Hixon Transfer Station, operated by the RDFFG, since 1997.

The last agreement expired in December, 2010 and the RGFFG requested a renewal with an increase of five percent to cover increasing operating, transportation, and maintenance costs along with an increase to tipping fees in 2010.

The Cariboo Regional District’s annual payment of $11,617 has been in place since 2003 and CRD staff. The new contract amount is $12,198 annually for 2011 through 2013.

Earth Hour

The CRD board of directors have proclaimed March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (local time) as Earth Hour 2011 in the Cariboo Chilcotin. Cities and communities in more than 70 countries will be flicking off their lights on March 26, to mark Earth Hour and show support for climate action change.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, is asking local governments to sign up, participate, and engage in celebrating sustainability efforts. Further information about this international event is available at www.earthhour.org

Tax credit

The Regional District board of directors will be providing a letter of support to the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia (FCABC) and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) for a proposed tax credit for volunteer firefighters. The Regional District will also be sending letters to all federal political leaders requesting this item be included in their budgets.

The FCABC and the CAFC requested assistance to show the government of Canada the importance of their campaign to establish a $3000 federal tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

Be light

The Cariboo Regional District will be installing lights at the 150 Mile Refuse Transfer Station. One street light and one yard light will be installed at the transfer station and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May, 2011.

Accessibility

The Regional District was informed about a recent donation from the Rotary Club of Quesnel of new wheelchair accessible equipment for the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre gym.

The Rotary Club raised $8,900 to cover the entire cost of the equipment with funds raised through the 2010 Rotary Radio-TV Auction. The Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre gym now features a number of pieces of accessible equipment. A number of other improvements such as improved door controls and better curb cuts have also been added to enhance accessibility at the centre.

Financial

Chartered Accountant, Clay Rasmussen presented the Cariboo Regional Hospital District (CRHD), the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) and the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) 2010 audited financial statements.

According to Rasmussen, the financial position of the corporations remains strong.

For inquiries contact the CRD’s Chief Financial Officer at 250-392-3351 or toll free at 1-800-665-1636.