Trail City Council Approves 4.5% Tax Increase and Mayor Seeks Re-Election
Trail City Council has approved a 2022 tax increase of 4.5%.
Acting Chief Financial Officer Rino Merlo said the rate is in the mid-range among B-C municipalities.
He also told council expenditures increased about $687,000 to around $3.1-million.
Merlo stated it could be argued the city is playing catch up after holding the line on taxes in 2020 just after the pandemic broke. The tax increase in 2021 was just under 4%.
He also told Council during Monday night’s meeting that reserve funds are being used for the new roof at the field house, fleet expenses, as well as new nets and lighting at Butler Park.
The annual increase for the average ratepayer in 2022 is about $66.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lisa Pasin announced she is seeking a second term.
While confirming her candidacy, Pasin said support she's recieved after the recent vote of non-confidence against her by four city councillors is humbling and inspiring.
Pasin lists fighting homelessness as among her priorities.
RCMP recommended assault with a weapon charges in an alleged stalking related incident downtown and assisted in the seizure of a dog and cat said to be living in squalid conditions near Fruitvale.
RCMP said there were 17 arrests yesterday at the Salisbury Creek Forest Service road 50km north of Kaslo after three warnings that protesters were violating a 2019 injunction granted to Cooper Creek Cedar.
A 55-thousand dollar fine has been levied against the Teck Trail operation for an ammonia spill from a rail car. WorkSafeBC said staff was not properly trained, citing a lack of practice drills and supervision in ammonia-related work.
One presentation asking "are we ready to modernize the Forestry Industry?" seemed to have hit close to home when Councillors Dan Rye and Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff shared their thoughts May 2nd.
The detachment hopes to use their increased numbers for a more active post-pandemic approach on community frontlines and areas of concern.
An early Saturday morning break-in to a Front Street business has Nelson City Police asking for witnesses and dash cam footage. Meanwhile two men appear in court June 21 following a fight and another theft in the city.
The Boundary region snowpack is at 100% of average and the West Kootenay is at 113% of normal.
She calls the 54% indigenous representation in Canada's sex trade one of the country's worst cases of systemic racism, adding that the global sex trade is growing and the internet is where luring is happening.
Lisa Pasin said an overwhelming level of support from residents and business leaders prompted he decision to seek re-election as Mayor of Trail. She vows not to be deterred by the sabotage against her or the office of Mayor.