Penticton Does Not Increase 2012 Tax Rates
Penticton City Council have approved the 2012 tax rate bylaw and have managed to stay within their net zero mandate.
Homeowners won't see an increase in their property taxes this year, for the second year in a row.
The average single family home assessed at $325,700 is slated to see a $119 decrease in their municipal tax notice, down to $1,297 from $1,334.
Sewer rates for the average home will also slightly decrease to $73.00 from $76.00.
Mayor Dan Ashton commended city staff for their hard work but added that he was disappointed with the lack of community input when it comes to the City's budget.
"What I would like to see is that there are some great individuals who have a lot of experience in this community, whether it's in private business or in government, we would like to have their input. I know it's difficult when council sits up at the front in this chamber and try and get input from this community here. Some people are intimidated and as suggested are there other opportunities to get input from the community? And I think that needs to be looked at."
City planners are in discussion as to how they can better engage the public next year.
One suggestion made by council was to start budget presentations earlier in the year.
Anita Sthankiya -Penticton