Vernon tax increase rises slightly

Vernon council decided Monday to push the tax rate up from 3.1 to 3.23 per cent.

Vernon’s financial plan remains fluid.

Not quite two weeks after lowering a tax increase for 2014, Vernon council decided Monday to push the tax rate up from 3.1 to 3.23 per cent.

The hike, which will cover the $34,000 needed to clear snow from inaccessible sidewalks, was opposed by Coun. Bob Spiers.

“I’d rather have put it off to find a different solution,” said Spiers, adding that existing money, not raising taxes, could have gone to the expenditure.

“I could identify $34,000 at the drop of a hat.”

But while he voted against the tax increase, Spiers admits, “It’s a minor change.”

The budget bylaw must still receive final adoption from council and it’s possible that the numbers could change again.

 

 

Vernon Morning Star

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