RDOS wants $10 more from each Osoyoos homeowner

Osoyoos homeowners would pay roughly $10 more for regional services in 2019 if tax requisitions approved by the RDOS board are finalized as drafted.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) board Thursday approved the $18.8 million in tax requisitions — including about $836,000 in Osoyoos and $1.15 million in Electoral Area A — as part of its 2019 financial plan.

The draft budget sets the average regional taxes per property in Osoyoos at $165.89, up from $155.89 in 2018.

Homeowners in Area A can expect a $25 increase to $587.96 from $562.68.

The Regional District’s financial plan will be presented to member municipalities for comment and posted online for ratepayer review. Public presentations will also be available at the request of area directors.

The budget must be approved by March 31.

The largest increase in the Osoyoos requisition relates to regional transit, accounting for about $15,000 of the $39,500 ask. General government costs are up about $11,100.

In Area A, an additional $18,000 in administration costs is half of the requested $36,000 increase.

The RDOS requisition is just one part of the total taxes homeowners in Osoyoos will pay in 2019. The Town also collects taxes for its own operations and forwards additional requisitions to other local government entities.

The Town is currently working through that budget process.

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