Tax hike for Vernon residents

The tax rate in Vernon is expected to rise significantly next year.

Vernon city council has approved a 5.05 % tax hike for 2018 due largely in part to the additon of six RCMP officers.

In terms of property taxes, the increase will actually be 3.98 percent as the Regional District is taking over management of local parks which will reduce costs for the city.

The budget will be passed officially in the new year.