Port Edward passes five-year financial plan

District of Port Edward council in brief for the meeting on May 16.

The District of Port Edward Council

By Devyn Ens and Kevin Campbell

Financial plan approved

The Council of the District Port Edward unanimously passed their five-year financial plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

The five-year plan outlines the budgeted revenues and expenditures for the district for 2016 up until 2020, with changes possible every year after 2016.

The district expects total revenues of $2,700,246 for the year, with $600,000 from the Ridley Island tax share, and $382,958 from utilities.

Total expenditures are expected to equal $2,665,249, with $1,033,878 going towards public works services, $200,000 towards capital expenditures, and $172,000 for BC Transit.

There is a budgeted surplus of $34,997 for 2016.

Taxes for the sewer system

The District of Port Edward council passed a number of bylaws at their general meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

The first bylaw unanimously adopted by council dictated that property tax rates for the General Municipal, Skeena Queen Charlotte, Skeena Queen Charlotte Hospital, and Northwest Regional Hospital districts will not be raised for 2016.

Council also unanimously passed a bylaw implementing a sewer parcel tax. The annual tax rate per parcel or groups of parcels will be $193. The tax will be levied on each parcel or groups of parcels on property that is capable of being connected to the district’s sanitary sewer system.

The tax may be waived or lessened if any present or previous owner or present occupier of the property constructed any portion of the sanitary sewer system of the municipality at their own expense, or if they have paid all debt and debt charges, including interest, in respect to the sanitary system on their property.

The tax will be in place for a period of five years.

The third bylaw passed by council is to establish a water frontage tax to offset the costs incurred by the district by providing water services. The annual rate for the tax will be $5.50 per taxable unit of frontage, and will be in place for five years.

Visit to Dawson Creek wind farm

Councillors James Brown and Grant Moore recounted their visit to Dawson Creek as part of the North Central Local Government Association conference.

The delegation was impressed with the Bear Mountain Wind Park during their visit from May 4 – 6, and emphasized that wind power would be a great addition to Port Edward, either to power the district or any potential major projects.

“It sounded like jets underneath them. We happened to be catching them on a real windy day,” said Brown, adding that the noise can only be heard once you’re almost directly underneath them, but from a distance away are pretty silent.

The conference included tours of the wind park, Northern Lights College, the Tumbler Ridge Museum and Geopark and the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carvings and Pellet Plant.

The group also attended a ‘Boom and Bust: Growing Pains’ panel session, a ‘First Nations: Building Partnerships’ panel and a ‘Water as a Precious Resource’ panel.

“I liked the resolutions that were passed. Everyone was pretty much on board,” said Moore.

Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald noted that wind farm propositions have been made in the past in the Port Edward area, and the proximity to residential areas was a concern.

“None of them seem to have caught on here, that [Bridge Power] Mount McDonald one – they came with drawings and everything. It scared me. They had windmills everywhere and that scared me a little. They’re not talking that many, I hope,” he said.

Volunteers needed

The district is also looking for volunteers for its 50th anniversary celebrations, set for June 24-25. Volunteers who can help out Saturday, June 25 can sign up at the district office or email info@portedward.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wet’suwet’en herreditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Coastal GasLink agrees to two-day pause of pipeline construction in Morice River area

Work will stop once Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs begin talks with province and feds

RCMP cease patrols on Morice West Service Road

Withdrawal opens door for talks today between hereditary chiefs, province and federal gov

International Women’s Day contest starts March 5

The Northern View supports women in business

Water main break – McBride and First

Ten inch water main break flooded intersection

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

UPDATE: Arrests made, tires slashed on patrol cars in northern B.C., says RCMP

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs optimistic ahead of talks with feds, province

Discussions with provincial and federal governments expected to start later today

‘The project is proceeding’: Horgan resolute in support of northern B.C. pipeline

B.C. premier speaks as talks scheduled with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Most Read