ACRD budget: taxes to raise by 1.26%

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District residents will be paying 1.26 per cent more in taxes this year.

The numbers have been crunched and residents in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District will be paying 1.26 per cent more in taxes this year.

Directors passed the ACRD’s $16 million budget on March 27.

The ACRD is projecting to take in $4.6 million in taxes, which is one per cent more than it took in last year, ACRD Chief Operating Officer Russell Dyson said in a press release.

Construction debt incurred with the building of West Coast General Hospital is being paid down, which has resulted in a 10 per cent decrease in the Regional Hospital District tax rate, Dyson said.

ACRD residents will see more than a one per cent fee increase for some services, but other services are holding the line at last year’s rates, he said. The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s levy is going up by seven per cent this year, Dyson said. The library’s budget is not set by the ACRD but is collected by them.

And residential taxes are projected to be affected by a change in property assessments.

Property values vary per region, as does service provision per residence, so an average value or increase is difficult to quantify and provide, Dyson said.

Other budget highlights include a revamping of its website, development of a trails master plan, and continued implementation of the Alberni-Clayoquot Health Network.

Rural residents are also set to benefit from the ACRD’s commitment to the 2013 Regional Water Improvement Project.

Nearly 100 per cent of the regions share in federal gas tax funds are being invested in rural water systems.

The move allows for critical infrastructure upgrades, he said.

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