There is very little interest in Lumby’s budget.
Only one person attended an open house on the 2013 financial plan.
“That indicates that people are confident about what we’re doing,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.
While the general tax requisition is climbing 2.5 per cent, a loss of industrial assessments could lead to an increase on the average home owner of three per cent. The hike will generate $25,000 for the village and the focus is reserves for future infrastructure.
Further approvals have been given to the budget and it’s anticipated council will adopt the document Feb. 18.
The budget means the average home will see a $23 increase in taxes.
Suites allowed in village
A new set of land use rules have been finalized in Lumby.
Council has adopted a new zoning bylaw.
“It allows secondary suites in Lumby. This provides for affordable housing,” said Coun. Nick Hodge.
The bylaw also permits laying hens on any lot that contains a single-family dwelling and is zoned rural or residential (except the residential manufactured home park zone).
Flooding responsibilities clarified
Lumby is trying to handle public expectations over flooding and who cleans up the damage.
Council and staff have reviewed North Okanagan Emergency Management’s flood policy.
“There is ambiguity and conflicting expectations over what the province provides for flood response versus local authorities,” said Tom Kadla, village chief administrative officer.
According to Mayor Kevin Acton, the province is the lead agency and local government only gets involved when there is an emergency.
“Private property is private property,” he added, saying that residents are responsible for their own land.