RDMW approves budget for 2013

The Regional District of Mount Waddington Board of Directors passed its annual five-year budget bylaw for 2013 last week.

PORT McNEILL—The Regional District of Mount Waddington Board of Directors passed its annual five-year budget bylaw for 2013 last week, highlighting a monthly meeting that included nearly a dozen bylaws addressing issues in Woss, Coal Harbour and Sointula.

The board also established a new fee schedule for Chilton Regional Arena that replaces the previous fee bylaw established in 2011.

The 2013 budget, balanced by mandate, includes total revenues and expenditures of $4,221,077. The overall total is down more than $1.7 million from 2012, nearly all of that amount debt service for Seven Mile Landfill due in 2012 and paid largely through transfers from the RDMW reserve account.

Among the other bylaws passed during the meeting, most of which related to the new budget, were bylaws establishing sewer rates and regulations, a land-use bylaw amendment, street lighting local service establishment and water system regulations and rates bylaw for Woss; water regulations and rates, sewer regulations and rates and solid waste collection rates and regulations bylaws for Coal Harbour; and a street lighting local service establishment amendment for Sointula.

Additionally, directors approved a regionwide building bylaw amendment and passed first reading of a regional zoning bylaw to rezone the Port Harvey Marine Resort from residential to marine commercial.

Overall, the 2013 budget shows an increase of nearly $27,000 in tax revenues, with drops in both grants and user fees.

On the expenditure side, administration took an $8,400 cut, while fire protection service for Coal Harbour, Woss and Hyde Creek saw substantial increases.

The solid waste budget, which was $2.672 million for 2012 with the debt service obligation, drops to $1.043 million for the current budget year.