City budget: taxes and parking fines increase

Property taxes have increased by 2.2% and parking fines have nearly doubled in Alberni this year.

Alberni homeowners will pay 2.2 per cent more in property taxes this year.

Port Alberni city council passed its five-year financial plan at their meeting on April 14, which was held in the theatre at Alberni District Secondary School.

With the increase, the owner of a house with an average assessed value of $183,200 will pay approximately $1,647 in taxes.

Council also passed an amendment to the city’s traffic regulation bylaw, meaning drivers in Port Alberni will pay more for parking fines.

The minimum fine for a traffic infraction under Section Four is now $60 which is up from $30 last year.

Fine payment will follow a sliding-scale formula.

The fine will be $10 if paid within 48 hours; $20 if paid within 10 days; and $50 if paid after 10 days.

The sliding-scale will also be applied to other sections of the traffic regulation bylaw.

The fine will be $15 if paid within 48 hours; $25 if paid within 10 days; and $60 if paid after 10 days.

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