Director's Corner - Aimee Watson

Director’s Corner

A budget update.

Thank you to all those who attended Monday’s Kaslo and Area D budget meeting,. Community engagement and hearing your questions is very important., really appreciate those who are fact checking some of the misinformation floating out there.

Regional District budgets are not simple, we do have to create a budget for each service, so I also understand when its overly complicating that results in a long explanation. Being transparent about all that is considered and how it works is not a simple answer. I am hoping presenting just the bottom line will assist.

Attached is a spreadsheet that shows what a resident in Area D would have paid in taxes from 2022 to 2024 based on 4 different assessments. I also added the two most expensive defined services for those in the area.

What we have reduced in the 2024 Draft budget since January:

Central Resource, reduced by $200,000

Building inspection, reduced by $300,000

West Transit, reduced by $100,000

Kaslo and Area D Economic Development, $0 taxation

Kaslo and D Recreation, reduced by $20,000 and moved capital projects to be supported by reserves

Kaslo Fire, reduced by $25,000

The only service adjustment based on these reductions is the closure of Kokannee recycling

Directors have a few more weeks to make adjustments, public budget meetings continue for the next few weeks, access through our calendar.

If you have input, concerns and/or questions, send me a note. Awatson@rdck.bc.ca

To see the presentation from Monday night:

https://www.rdck.ca/assets/Government/Documents/Kaslo%20&%20Area%20D%20Budget%20Presentation%20Feb%2026%202024.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1uT2n_WfAZQtMjw8Avtl0J6oDphCam-PH_ZW0h3Yse2-toluBdHuinqCE

To read review the financial plan:

https://www.rdck.ca/assets/Government/Documents/2024-2028%20DRAFT%20Financial%20Plan%20%20Area%20D-Kaslo%20Services%202024-02-23.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1KrPqifwWJG4rM_Qea0TSGZ4jMV6Znd0D_NtG9aAm7i9AzAZ8HVM661nc