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Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Financial Budget 2011

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RDCO Annual Reports

RDCO Financial Statements

.pdf icon 2011 Financial Plan Bylaw

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Finance Services:

003 - Finance (Page 116): Budget Amendments will be necessary due to expenditure timing changes for large construction projects. WWTP, Fintry Shalal Water, Mosquito Control, Admin & Dog Control, and Solid Waste Collection Budget Bylaw Amendments are scheduled to be brought forward to the Board in November. Finance is currently working with Public Works to develop Asset Management Program.

Treatment Plant study is complete and Water systems study is underway. Staff attended the Asset Management BC Workshop. This is a very large project and is to be built into the budget process. Software:
Fixed Asset software implemented. Webinar planned for Budgeting software, Questica. Demonstration of Vadim mobile Building Permit field program attended. Dog Licensing renewal program, Parks Class software and Cry Wolf Alarm Control software all upgraded during the third quarter. Staff attended Vadim User conference. Meters are being read on a monthly basis with consumption data provided to customers on the quarterly utility bill. Letters are sent to customers with continuous leaks as flagged by the metering software. The number of utility bills issued and preauthorized payments processed have increased due to the billing frequency change from semi-annual to quarterly. Finance Department has been restructured. Finance Manager and Intermediate Accountant positions have been filled. Purchasing, Fleet and Civic Property Manager position has also been filled in co-ordination with Corporate Services. Senior Accountant I Building Manager retired after 35 years of service.

005 - Human Resources (Page 118): Human Resources continue to work with staff to provide tools and support to deal with the changing environment. Starting in September, Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) is providing Leadership training to all of management on a monthly basis. In consultation with the Union, the current job evaluation process was completed. Thirty-seven recruitment processes and interviews were completed to September 30, 2011. During the third quarter there were zero Worksafe BC claims. Surprise fire drill occurred July 7,2011, followed by Fire Safety training. Sixteen summer student positions were completed in August.

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10. Finance & Administrative Services

10.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date - September 30, 2011

Staff report dated November 2nd outlined an executive summary highlights for the year quarterly program measures report to September 30, 2011. Staff verbally reviewed some of the highlights noting that an amendment to the financial plan bylaw is forthcoming.

#GS103/1 OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date September 30,2011 be received

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 RDCO 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw.pdf

*Note* This is only a snippet of the 30 pages, click link above for entire contents

Agenda No: 8.1
Mtg Date: Nov 10, 2011

FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD REPORT

TO: Board Directors
FROM: Harold Reay, Chief Administrative Officer
Marilyn Rilkoff, Director of Finance and Administration
Chris Radford, Director of Environmental Services
DATE: November 10, 2011
SUBJECT: 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amendment

Recommendation:
That the Board adopt the "Regional District of Central Okanagan 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. XXXX, 2011."

Background:
Summary:
The Financial Plan is being amended to reflect timing, funding and cost changes in the Capital Fund Budgets for the following:

047 - Mosquito Control: UBCM approval for funding of up to $269,900 received. Budget amendment to reflect grant and increased expenses. It is anticipated that program will be fully funded, and that the 2011 tax requisition for nuisance control will create a surplus and be carried forward. This surplus is not reflected in the budget.

095 - SWM: Solid Waste Collection (Electoral Areas): Added $50,000 capital, funded from Community Works Funds for the application of recycled asphalt for dust suppression on the Forest Service Road leading to the North Westside Waste Transfer Facility. Board approved the use of the funds for this purpose April 18, 2011 (Resolution #112/11).

310 - Shalal/ Fintry Water System: Added $350,000 transfer from Community Works Funds to fund processing and recycling of materials for road base and areas that currently require dust suppression, and system control works. Revised cost estimates.

401 - Waste Water Treatment Plant: Capital timing changes and contingency included. Reflects changes to reduce capital equipment items, and add blowers. New administrative capital overhead charges added for 2012 - 2015. Revised DCC amounts based on 2011 actuals to date. Assumes that we can utilize future DCC's to pay down short term debt.

046 - Dog Control: Deferred kennel irrigation project $20,000 to 2012. Increased cost and scope of roof and HVAC capital project approved by Board Resolution #178/11. Transferred additional funds from reserves.

002 - Administration / Corporate Services: Increased cost and scope of roof and HVAC capital project approved by Board Resolution #175/11. Includes approval of use of Regionally Significant Project funds of $892,685, or actual eligible costs of the approved project. Also includes approved transfer of $105,549 Strategic Community Investment Fund Regional District
Grant to Capital Project.

The relevant pages from the 2011 - 2015 Financial plan, with changes marked are included for your easy reference for comparison purposes. The proposed amended bylaw is in the Board package.

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8. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

8.1 RDCO 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1300, 2011, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 10, 2011 outlined the amendments required to the 2011 Financial Plan to reflect funding and cost changes in the capital fund budgets to the following: mosquito control, solid waste collection (electoral areas), Shalal/Fintry water system, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and roof/HVAC upgrades to the dog pound and administrative buildings.

HODGE/FIELDING
THAT RDCO 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1300, 2011 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 10th day of November 2011.

CARRIED

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2009 Statistics

2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Expenditures
General Government 1,867,950
Protective Services 5,933,046
Solid Waste Mgmt and Recycling 7,340,128
Health Social Services and Housing 0
Development Services 3,200,196
Transportation and Transit 2,610,115
Parks Recreation and Culture 3,405,808
Water Services 325,828
Sewer Services 2,669,084
Other Services and Adjustments 1,782,934
Amortization 2,097,210
Debt Payments for Member Municipality 20,412,806
Total Expenses 51,645,105

2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Revenue
Electoral Area and Local Government Requisitions 18,221,874
Grants in Lieu 0
Sale of Services 12,483,559
Transfers from Federal Government 225,785
Transfers from Provincial Government 445,284
Transfers from Regional and Other Governments 9,380
Investment Income 209,110
Developer Contributions 0
Disposition of Assets 0
Other Revenue 0
Member Municipality MFA Debt Payment 20,412,806
Total Revenue 52,007,798

2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan DCC's and Building Permits
Balance in DCC Water Fund 0
Balance in DCC Sewer Fund 3,283,055
Balance in DCC Drainage Fund 0
Balance in DCC Roads Fund 0
Balance in DCC Parks Fund 0
Total DCC Balance 3,283,055
Developer Cash Contribution in Lieu of Parkland 0
Number of Building Permits Issued 164
Total Building Permit Construction Value 13,950,329

Source: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/

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.pdf icon October 13, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Business Arising

6.1 Administration Overhead Policy Review

The Regional Board at its March 25, 2011 Board meeting established an Ad Hoc Finance Committee to review the allocation of administration overhead. The Committee met and following discussion a policy was drafted for consideration.

Staff provided an outline of the impact to the various services due to a different allocation. This provides a more equable rate to the various services.

Fundamentally there is no perfect way to allocate overhead.

Staff reviewed the various changes including: base rates, overhead to capital projects, previously only engineering had capital overhead now all departments will. Rates change dependent on what is budgeted in the service -- the budget must be recovered and balanced (no deficit).

OPHUS/SHEPHERD
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends the Regional Board approve the Administration Overhead Policy.
AND FURTHER THAT the Ad Hoc Finance Committee be dissolved.

CARRIED

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9.2 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of October 13, 2011

b) Approval of the Administration Overhead Policy (All Directors Weighted Vote)

OPHUS/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board approve the Administration Overhead Policy;
AND FURTHER THAT the Ad Hoc Finance Committee be dissolved.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Minutes

10. Corporate Services

10.1 Letter from Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and UBCM re: Establishment of a Municipal Auditor General Office

Minister Chong's letter received in August regarding the ministry seeking written feedback from local governments to assist in the establishment of a municipal auditor general office was discussed. The deadline for local governments' response is September 9, 2011.

It was noted that there will be a session at UBCM Convention and that consultation is ongoing with local governments. Concern was raised as local governments already have to provide five-year financial plans and perform annual audits---is this
really needed. It was felt that this is a solution in search of a problem and that the Regional District respond that the establishment of a Municipal Auditor General Office is not necessary.

FIELDING/JAMES
THAT the letter from Minister Chong regarding the establishment of a municipal auditor general office be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the a response be forwarded to the Province that the Central Okanagan does not consider it necessary to establish a municipal auditor general office as a system is in place to ensure the accountability of local governments.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Highlights

No Municipal Auditor General Needed

The Regional Board has agreed to send a letter to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development registering opposition to the proposed creation of a Municipal Auditor General office. The Board says local governments are already required to have audited financial statements and it doesn’t see the need for the Province to establish such a function.

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Ad Hoc Finance Subcommittee - It was noted that staff are working on a date for the meeting.

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.4 Strategic Priorities Investment Fund.pdf

Agenda No: 8.4
Mtg Date: June 27, 2011

REGIONAL BOARD REPORT REGIONAL DISTRICT of CENTRAL OKANAGAN

TO: Board Directors
FROM: H. Reay, CAO
DATE: June 22,2011
SUBJECT: Usage of Strategic Community Investment Funds

In accordance with the terms of reference of the Strategic Community Investment (SCI) Funds, it is required that we report on the investment of these funds and our performance targets.

In 2009, we received $194,535, and in 2010, we received $30,888, for a total of $225,423.

Progress made to first reporting period - June 30, 2010:
These funds have been invested into the following projects:
• Ortho Photo updates of $37,399 to assist in planning and development
• Completion of the Strategic Planning process at a cost of $22,523 which will also assist the Region in meeting Economic and Climate Change targets.

Progress to June 30, 2011:
Originally the remaining funds of $165,501 were anticipated to be invested in a Green House Gas Emission Reduction Strategy to assist us in developing a plan of action. Priorities changed, and the funds have been used to support Regional administration.

The remaining RD SCI Funds have been used to support RD administration over the term of the SCI Agreement, thereby minimizing tax rate increases. Moderate tax rate increases were needed due to general economic circumstances, however, these were less than would be needed without SCI funds, 100% of the remaining RD SCI Funds received to date were used to maintain RD administration service levels at those of previous years. Included in the total administration budget were also
transfers to reserves for the 2011 replacement of the administration building roof and HVAC system to a more energy efficient system. Tender documents have been issued for design and management of the project.

The above projects were funded by SCI funds which reduced the need for local taxation.

This is submitted for the Board's information.

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8.4 Strategic Priorities Investment Fund - Regional District Basic Grant (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Regional District is required to report on the above grant allocation for the second year for the Regional District Basic Grant. Staff report dated June 22, 2011 outlined the investment of the funds and performance targets. It was noted that the change in priorities was part of the 2011 Financial Plan approved by the Board

FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT the Strategic Priorities Investment Fund - Regional District Basic Grant report dated June 22, 2011 be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fiscal 2010 Management Annual Report

The Regional Board has received the financial report outlining 2010 remuneration and expenses for elected officials and their alternates along with 17 staff whose remuneration was greater than $75,000.

In 2010, the remuneration and benefits of all Regional District employees totalled just over $8.9-million, up $142,000 (1.6%) from 2009 even with a previously negotiated 3.5% wage increase for unionized employees effective January 2010. The report also outlines payments totalling over $13.7-million to 89 suppliers during 2010 for goods and services exceeding $25,000.

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8.2 RDCO Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1292.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8.3 RDCO Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1293.pdf

* Note: below is only a snippet of the Financial Disclosure Schedules, click link above for entire contents

RDCO REMUNERATION AND EXPENSE FOR 2010
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Click Item 8.1 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules below for the entire contents, as above is only a snippet of the 9 pages

Some of these salaries are out of line with what the average joe earns.

Why would the Chief Building Inspector earn so much more than the Manager of Bylaw Enforcement we wonder?

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8. FINANCE

8.1 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules (Remuneration and Expenses for Board and Employees) and Schedule of Payments Made for the Provision of Goods or Services - 2010, Schedule of Guarantee and Indemnity Agreements (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules required under the Financial lnformation Act and Regulations:

• Schedule of Board Remuneration
• Schedule of Employee Remuneration
• Schedule of Payments to Suppliers
• Schedule of Guarantee and Indemnity Agreements

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

b) Administration Overhead Sub-committee
The question was raised when an Administration Overhead Subcommittee meeting will be called. Staff noted that the year-end financials have just been completed and that they will begin working on setting a meeting depending upon committee member summer schedules.

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7. FINANCIAL SERVICES

7,1 Approval of 2010 Financial Statements (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated May 4, 2011 outlined the background for the financial statements which have been prepared and audited in accordance with PSAB Standards by BOO Dunwoody, Once the financial statements are approved the auditors will finalize the Financial Statements.

EDGSON/HODGE
THAT the Regional Board approve the draft Regional District of Central Okanagan 2010 Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2010.

CARRIED

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2011-2015 Financial Plan Approved
At a special public meeting today, the Regional Board adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for 2011 – 2015. It’s projected in 2011 that the operating budget will total more than $58.3-million compared with $56.2-million during 2010. Link to Board Report, Presentation and Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1289

Chair Robert Hobson says, “The Regional Board recognizes the pressures many Central Okanagan residents are facing during the economic recovery, yet is balancing that with the ever-present demand for increased services. Many people know we provide high profile services across the Central Okanagan such as 9-1-1, Dog Control, our 29 Regional Parks, the Regional Waste Reduction Office and the Economic Development Commission. However, the Regional District offers more than 83 services in total including Air Quality, Crime Prevention, Victim Services, Crime Stoppers, Transit and Transportation Demand Management. We also provide specific local government services to the electoral areas like planning, building inspections, four paid-on call fire departments and we maintain and operate five water systems for more than 1,200 customers. As a result, the Regional District has and will continue to play an important role for all citizens of the Central Okanagan.”

Hobson adds, “Taxpayers across the region will see almost $34-million in Capital Projects this year including $13-million in park land acquisitions, the $9.6-million expansion of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, $6.2-million for a new water system for the un-serviced Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun subdivisions, along with four new fire vehicles and a new fire boat/mobile marine water supply vessel.”

For Land and Improvements, the following Base Tax Rates generally reflect the impact of the 2010 – 2015 Financial Plan on a home in each of the following areas assessed at $446,000 ($440,000 in 2010):

 

Member 2011 2010 Tax Rate % Incr / (Decr) Incr / (Decr) on $446k home
Kelowna $.2844 $.2829 0.513% $2.34
Peachland $.4186 $.4058 3.151% $8.14
Lake Country $.3171 $.3168 0.079% $2.01
West Kelowna $.3182 $.3143 1.236% $3.62
C.O. West $.9630 $.9834 (2.072%) ($3.19)
C.O. East $.8826 $.9043 (2.399%) ($4.25)



*Peachland’s increase is slightly higher than others as a result of transit costs.

The actual tax rate varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and municipality, depending on the local services provided by the Regional District.

Hobson says, “While keeping the tax rates less than the 2010 BC average Consumer Price Index increase of 1.3 per cent in five areas, the Regional Board has also been able to boost transfers to reserves and capital projects by just over 23 per cent”

The total of the 2011 RDCO Operating Budget is $58.3-million:

46.62% is Operating Expenses
45.24% is Debt, including Municipal Finance Authority payments
8.14% is Transfers to Capital and Reserves
The general increase in the requisition from member municipalities reflects the requested funding needs for the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Regional Rescue Program and Regional Parks services.

The general decreases in requisitions for Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area property owners results from a reduction in costs for Electoral Area Planning, Building Inspection and Regional Planning.

The Financial Plan also outlines proposed operating budgets for the following four years: In 2012 - $60-million, in 2013 - $58.6-million, in 2014 - $58.8-million and in 2015 - $59.5- million.

The Regional Board also adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District (CORHD). Ratepayers within the Hospital District contribute 40% of the funds for approved health service and equipment services. Hobson says, “This is one area of the budget people support as they see the benefit of ensuring we have excellent health facilities. The Financial Plan outlines revenue and spending of more than $13.9-million during 2011 including $6.2-million towards debt payments and financing for the new Ambulatory Care Building (the CORHD share totals $99.3-million for the project), the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre and the new Clinical Support Building (the Hospital District share of the project totals $91.3-million).” The owner of a home assessed at $446,000 in 2011 will contribute $144.50 towards health equipment and capital improvements, an increase of $7.28 from last year.

Central Okanagan property owners that meet the basic requirements of the Provincial Homeowner and/or additional grants are eligible for the new Provincial Government Northern and Rural Area Homeowner benefit of $200. Information will be available on your Property Tax Notice or you can visit the Ministry of Finance website: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm

Some property owners may qualify for assistance through the BC Property Tax Deferment Program. Information about this program and who qualifies is available on the BC Government website: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm

(March 25, 2011)

Source - RDCO's Whats New

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RDCO approves 2011 budget
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 61039 - Mar 25, 2011

At a special public meeting Friday, the Regional Board adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for 2011 – 2015. It’s projected in 2011 that the operating budget will total more than $58.3-million compared with $56.2-million during 2010.


Photo: ContributedChair Robert Hobson says the board recognizes the pressures many Central Okanagan residents are facing during the economic recovery while balancing the ever-present demand for increased services.

"Many people know we provide high profile services across the Central Okanagan such as 9-1-1, Dog Control, our 29 Regional Parks, the Regional Waste Reduction Office and the Economic Development Commission. However, the Regional District offers more than 83 services in total including Air Quality, Crime Prevention, Victim Services, Crime Stoppers, Transit and Transportation Demand Management," says Hobson.

"We also provide specific local government services to the electoral areas like planning, building inspections, four paid-on call fire departments and we maintain and operate five water systems for more than 1,200 customers. As a result, the Regional District has and will continue to play an important role for all citizens of the Central Okanagan.”

Hobson adds taxpayers will see almost $34-million in Capital Projects this year including $13-million in park land acquisitions, the $9.6-million expansion of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, $6.2-million for a new water system for the un-serviced Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun subdivisions, along with four new fire vehicles and a new fire boat/mobile marine water supply vessel.

For Land and Improvements, the following Base Tax Rates generally reflect the impact of the 2010 – 2015 Financial Plan on a home in each of the following areas assessed at $446,000 ($440,000 in 2010):

 
Member 2011 2010 Tax Rate % Incr / (Decr) Incr / (Decr) on $446k home
Kelowna $.2844 $.2829 0.513% $2.34
Peachland $.4186 $.4058 3.151% $8.14
Lake Country $.3171 $.3168 0.079% $2.01
West Kelowna $.3182 $.3143 1.236% $3.62
C.O. West $.9630 $.9834 (2.072%) ($3.19)
C.O. East $.8826 $.9043 (2.399%) ($4.25)


*Peachland’s increase is slightly higher than others as a result of transit costs.

The actual tax rate varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and municipality, depending on the local services provided by the Regional District.

“While keeping the tax rates less than the 2010 BC average Consumer Price Index increase of 1.3 per cent in five areas, the Regional Board has also been able to boost transfers to reserves and capital projects by just over 23 per cent," says Hobson.

The total of the 2011 RDCO Operating Budget is $58.3-million:

•46.62% is Operating Expenses
•45.24% is Debt, including Municipal Finance Authority payments
•8.14% is Transfers to Capital and Reserves

The general increase in the requisition from member municipalities reflects the requested funding needs for the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Regional Rescue Program and Regional Parks services.

The general decreases in requisitions for Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area property owners results from a reduction in costs for Electoral Area Planning, Building Inspection and Regional Planning.

The Financial Plan also outlines proposed operating budgets for the following four years: In 2012 - $60-million, in 2013 - $58.6-million, in 2014 - $58.8-million and in 2015 - $59.5- million.

The Regional Board also adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District (CORHD). Ratepayers within the Hospital District contribute 40% of the funds for approved health service and equipment services.

“This is one area of the budget people support as they see the benefit of ensuring we have excellent health facilities. The Financial Plan outlines revenue and spending of more than $13.9-million during 2011 including $6.2-million towards debt payments and financing for the new Ambulatory Care Building (the CORHD share totals $99.3-million for the project), the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre and the new Clinical Support Building (the Hospital District share of the project totals $91.3-million).”

The owner of a home assessed at $446,000 in 2011 will contribute $144.50 towards health equipment and capital improvements, an increase of $7.28 from last year.

Central Okanagan property owners that meet the basic requirements of the Provincial Homeowner and/or additional grants are eligible for the new Provincial Government Northern and Rural Area Homeowner benefit of $200. Information will be available on your Property Tax Notice or you can visit the Ministry of Finance website:

www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm

Some property owners may qualify for assistance through the BC Property Tax Deferment Program. Information about this program and who qualifies is available on the BC Government website:

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.pdf icon April 18, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Hospital District Spending Bylaws

The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board has adopted ten bylaws authorizing spending totalling $1,736,000 for its 40% share of capital equipment and projects within the Health Region. Among the projects, updates to the nurse call systems at Kelowna General Hospital and Brookhaven Extended Care Centre and new buses for the David Lloyd Jones and Three Links Manor facilities.

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.pdf icon March 25, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Budget Regional Board Meeting

Highlights are available on the Regional Districts website the day after the Budget meeting but there was no Highlights published about the March 25, 2011 budget.

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.pdf icon March 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Budget Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 2.1 2011 - 2015 Intro Financial Plan - Tax Rates.pdf - or our copy which we rotated the pages and we took the last page, the blank page, out.

.pdf icon Item 2.3 Financial Plan Bylaw.pdf (110 pages) - or our copy which we rotated the pages and we took the second page, the blank page, out.

.pdf icon Item 2.4 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw.pdf - this copy didn't need to be rotated so get it from RDCO at the link provided.

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.pdf icon March 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Budget Regional Board Meeting Minutes

1. BUSINESS ARISING

1.1 Request by the Regional Board for report on the Marine Mobile Water Supply (fireboat) for North Westside Fire Protection Area.

The Regional Board following its March 10, 2011 meeting requested staff provide a report outlining the background reports for the fireboat, including copies of correspondence received regarding its purchase. Staff report dated March 21, 2011 outlined this information. It was noted that this process first began in 2005 and has been budgeted since 2009. The Electoral Area Director has stated he would support the acquisition if the proposed five year plan could support the acquisition of the fireboat and if it could be funded within the current taxation level. Staff confirmed that it would.

Rod Miller addressed the Board noting he recommends the purchase of the fireboat. The purchase is not unlike any other fire apparatus other than it sits on the water. From a financial perspective, the purchase is funded by the North Westside taxpayers and there is no increase in the tax rates as the purchase of the boat is from reserves.

The question was raised how mobile the fireboat would be for other needs throughout the Okanagan--will there be the ability to transfer the use of the fireboat ie: interface fires? Staff noted that if the boat is not needed in its primary area, then it would be available through a mutual aid agreement for other emergency purposes.

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2. FINANCE DEPARTMENT

2.1 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Introduction
a) Review of changes following the March 10, 2011 Governance & Services Committee meeting
Staff reviewed the changes requested following the March 10, 2011 Governance and Services meeting. The largest impacts to requisitions were highlighted.

It was noted that transit cost sharing between West Kelowna and WFN shared routes is still under review. Director Fielding noted that the transit increase for Peachland is confusing and quite obscure. They are being asked to make a significant increase in funding without increase in level of service. Peachland is reviewing service levels. Discussions continue with BC Transit.

Final requisition adjustments will be made when the revised BC Assessment figures are received later next week.

The 2011 Tax Rates were reviewed:

 

  2011 Tax Rate
% Incr/Decr
InclDecr on
$446k home
Kelowna $.2844 0.513% $2.34
Peachland $.4186 3.151% $8.14
Lake Country $.3171 0.079% $2.01
West Kelowna $.3182 1.236% $3.62
Central Okanagan West $.9630 -2.072% - $3.19
Central Okanagan East $.8826 -2.399% - $4.25

A review of how regional districts differ from municipalities was noted including regional districts must keep all services separate and cannot combine or intermingle any funds, surpluses or deficits between any services, Currently the Regional District has 83 separate operating budgets, It was further noted that while keeping the tax rate increases at less than the BC average CPI increase, the Regional District has still managed to increase transfers to reserves and capital projects by 23.1 %.

2.2 Public Comment on 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Chair Hobson asked if there was anyone in the gallery who wished to comment on the 2011-2015 Financial Plan. As there were a number of people in the gallery requesting to comment on the purchase of the North Westside fireboat, the gallery was informed they would be given two minutes to present their comments, It was noted the cost of the fireboat is included in the budget.

The following residents addressed the Board:

- Ian Kilpatrick, 303 Kildare Way - spoke to the sense of community in the North Westside, The boat will be used for all the community, The fireboat issue has created division in the community which is not good,
- Diane Baldwin, 10390 Pinecrest - North Westside Ratepayers: noted that 260 petitioners are opposed to the purchase and they want the Board to reconsider purchase of the fireboat. Questioned what is actually being bought. The community is small and she expressed concern on the increasing budget to the taxpayers. Questioned what the costs will be for the auxiliary equipment required,
- John Tulloch - 8525 Ewings Landing - expressed support for the fireboat. He was involved when the community first started considering the boat years ago, It did not start out to just look at a water source for lakeshore homes but it was to provide water to Westside Road, It will be a water source for the rest of community as well.
- David Robertson-586 Mountain Drive, Opposed to the purchase of the fireboat. Believed Directors should be informed before making a decision. Don't know if the fireboat can perform duties as it is supposed to do, He requested the Board vote according to the knowledge and information received. Do it fairly and dispassionately,
- Don Bennison-2279 Westside Place - Chair of Wilsons Landing Fire Department. Spoke in support of fireboat. Unique areas along the Westside with many access points that are less than desirable in an emergency, It is hoped that Wilsons Landing will benefit from the boat in emergency situations.
- Sharon Schnurr - 819 Balsam Road, Valley of the Sun, Water system will cost $17,500 for each resident. Why can't taxes go down for a change?
- Michael Thacker - 9674 Keithley Road - opposed to the purchase of the fireboat. Not fair for such a small community to pay for such an expense, Capital cost and ongoing costs to the community are significant. Cost to bring adequate water supply just to lakeshore property owners is too expensive, Not being asked to provide water to Valley of the Sun, Money
was provided through property parcel tax so he paid the same as higher priced homes.
Staff clarified that a parcel tax that was collected over five years was put aside specifically for the purchase of future fire trucks not for the purchase of the fireboat. The amount set aside for the purchase of the fireboat was surplus funds that were put in reserves.
- Ben Hanson, Valley of Sun - supports the purchase of the fireboat. It should work just fine and will give access to all the water in the lake.
- Gavin Huey, 107 Crown Crescent - has lived through a number of power outages in the community and when this occurs, the water reservoir drains down and the fire department has limited to no access to water. Has come to realize that the pumping capacity of the boat can pump water for other uses. Power outages are a common occurrence in the area. The North
Westside area has one of the highest rating for interface fires. Supports the boat for the extra fire protection that it will provide to the community. It will be a benefit to all and will be used for many purposes including suppression.
- Al Conroy, 9620 Helton Road - lives in upper portion of Killiney. Believes the boat will be a benefit to all the community. Not enough water in the water systems and if power goes out, water is not available. It will provide
water to inland fires. Strongly in favor of boat. Believes some people have been misinformed on the boat issue.
- Debra Igelhart (?), 519 Leah Road, Killiney Beach - if the purchase of the fireboat saves one life, one family, one home, one stand of trees its paid for itself. It will protect the community and that is what people should be
looking at.
- Sharon Schnurr - not happy the meeting is being held in the daytime.

2.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Bylaw No, 1289, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)
There were no comment on first, second or third readings.
Staff was asked to provide the summary PowerPoint presentation on the budget to municipal staff for their information.

With regard to the purchase of the fireboat, final comments included:
• Paid for by the North Westside taxpayers;
• The area director is convinced much of the community supports the purchase;
• Lack of power supply during power outages to pump water is of great concern;
• The faster you can get to a fire, the quicker it can be fought;
• It is unfortunate the issue has divided the community.
• Sometimes residents must pay for services they don't directly benefit from--that is part of being in a community.
• Options have been well researched.
• Those that questioned the cost of the fireboat have forced the Regional Board to take a closer look at the costs.
• We live in a community where fire risk is high and part of living in a community is to pay for resources needed. It is hoped the community comes together to mutually support each other to improve health and safety throughout the area.

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1289, 2011 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 25th day of March 2011.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

    see OBWB

.pdf icon Item 3.1 New Official Community Plans Update.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4.1 Woodhaven Regional Park UBCO Eco Art Project Update.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Budget Introduction.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.1 b-i NewStaffing-Admin.pdf

5.4 Review of budget changes & specific Board requests

5.4.1 Staffing - 2011

b) New Staffing Positions
i) Purchaser, Civic Property & Fleet Coordinator (one position)
ii) Regional Parks Manager (Operations & Capital Projects)

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.1bii New Staffing -RegParks.pdf

5. Finance & Administrative Services

5.1 Quarterly Measures Report - Year-to-date December 31, 2010

b) Review - Parks Services [as directed by the Regional Board] (M. Kopp)

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.1c Engineering FTE Increase.pdf

5.4 Review of budget changes & specific Board requests

5.4.1 Staffing - 2011

a) Full-Time Equivalents by Department & FTE Comparison (2007-2011)

c) Engineering FTE Increase

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.3 Regional Grant-in-Aid Allocation.pdf

     see Grants-In-Aid

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 a - Budget Summary.pdf

Fire/Rescue, Dog Control, Westside Parks

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     see Dogs

OBWB, Recycling, Waste, Sterile Insect

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     see Garbage Minutes

Water Systems Revenue Fund

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     see Water Systems Minutes

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 b - Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

Noise Abatement went up lots due to increased legal fees over Kelowna Dirt Bike Club and Dirt Bike Noise which operates in both Electoral areas.

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North Westside Road Fire

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 ciii-ProgramBudget-Planning.pdf

     see Planning

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 cii-ProgramBudget-SWM.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 ci-ProgramBudget - Engineering.pdf

5.4 Review of budget changes & specific Board requests

5.4.1 Staffing - 2011

c) Engineering FTE Increase

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-iv-ProgramBudget-Fire Protection.pdf

North Westside Road Fire / Rescue Budget 2011
North Westside Road Fire / Rescue 2011 Budget
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North Westside Road Fire / Rescue (5 YR) Budget Projection 2011 - 2015

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-ix-ProgramBudget-EDC.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-viii-ProgramBudget-PolicingServices.pdf

5.3 Delegations

a) RCMP Supt. McKinnon and Cary Berger - re: Domestic Violence Support Worker Position

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-vii-ProgramBudget-Administration.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-vi-ProgramBudget-Finance.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-v-ProgramBudget-Inspection.pdf

     see Dog Control

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-v-ProgramBudget-Parks.pdf

    see Parks

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-x-ProgramBudget-RegionalBoard.pdf

.pdf icon March 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5.4 Review of budget changes & specific Board requests

5.4.1 Staffing - 2011
a) Full-Time Equivalents by Department & FTE Comparison (2007-2011) Marilyn Rilkoff provided an overview of the staffing changes. It was noted that over the last five years there have been several staffing changes which include but are not limited to the following:
• Incorporation of the District of West Kelowna (DWK)
• Service transfers to the DWK
• Staff transfers to the DWK
• Retirements
• Lost several key leadership positions
• Restructuring and reorganization
• Revisions of the Strategic Plan
• Ongoing service delivery reviews and changes
• Examination and improvement of processes
The above has resulted in changes to services, staffing and cost reductions.

A breakdown of FTE's from 2008 to 2011 was provided, including the RDCO organizational chart, summaries of the changes of FTE'S by department and a detail by service of all of the FTE's. (Tab 9, 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Budget binder).
Staff noted that in 2008 there were 123.32 FTE's and in 2010 there was a decrease to 115.89 FTE's.

In 2011 there will be an increase to 116.15 FTE's due to the following:
• Engineering and Utility Services: Overall decrease of 1.38 FTE
  o Reduction in Mosquito Control, possibly no grant funding
  o Large project at the treatment plant, employee retiring, 0.5 FTE for succession planning.
• Parks increase of 1.4 FTE
  o 3 students to be hired over the summer
  o Deputy position will be added
• Public Services 0.5 FTE increase for 2011
  o New position Purchaser/Building & Fleet Coordinator

Discussion:
The question was raised if there is a way to determine the allocation and who pays for these positions? Not sure what services each participant contributes to? Where does that show up on the tax requisitions? Staff noted that a detailed breakdown of each participant's allocation was requested and is provided within the binder

b) New Staffing Positions
  i) Purchaser, Civic Property & Fleet Coordinator (one position)
A review of the position was provided. It was suggested that Staff provide a breakdown of how the new position of Purchaser, Civic Property & Fleet Coordinator is allocated to the participants.
  ii) Regional Parks Manager (Operations & Capital Projects)
A review of the position was provided.

Capital Projects Overview (Tab 7, pages 104 - 107, 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan Budget binder).
Mr. Kopp provided the committee with an overview of the following Capital Projects:
• The Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park Orchard Plan & Arboriculture Treatment Project ($15,000 - 2010 Carryover)
• Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - Gellatly House restoration ($37,320 - 2010 Carryover)
• Bertram Creek Regional Park - Pavilion Wood Stain Treatment/Boater Beach Moorage Buoys/Foreshore Restoration ($40,675 - 2010 Carryover)
• Okanagan Center Regional Park - South Pier Reconstruction and North Pier Demolition /Site restoration ($125,000)
• Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park - Trail Reconstruction ($20,000)
• Lebanon Creek Greenway and Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park Trail Park Public Way Finding Project ($10,000)
• Lebanon Creek Greenway Regional Park - Parking Lot and Trail Construction Project ($30,000)
• Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park - Gellatly House Restoration ($50,000)
• Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2 - Pinch Point Tunnel Rock C competency ($11,000)
• Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2 - Trail Upgrades Viewpoint to KLO Creek ($10,000)
• Okanagan Centre Regional Park Boat Launch Replacement ($30,000)
The question was raised whether there is enough funds to address security issues within the park? Staff noted there is and they will be meeting with the individual to determine what the concerns are.

c) Engineering FTE Increase
Staff noted a reduction in staff due to no West Nile grant funding being received for the Mosquito control.

5.4.2 Administration Overhead Review

Staff provided the following information regarding the Administration Overhead.
• Summary Totals combining the 5 Cost Centres historical budget information to enable examination of total Administration Overhead,
• Individual historical budget information for Administrative/Corporate, Financial, Engineering, Human Resource and Information Services.
• Details of Overhead Calculations and Allocation to other Cost Centres for each year (reconciled to the totals for the Budgeted Administration Recoveries),
• Actual Overheads charged to each Cost Centre from 2007 - 2010, as well as the current budget amounts proposed for 2011.

The Committee had numerous questions to staff on the allocation of administrative overhead and how the rate is calculated and proportioned to each of the participants. There was concern on how to ensure they were not contributing to services and staffing that they are not participating in. It was asked how the rates for Administrative Services were determined and if a list of services for each of the four service level categories can be provided to justify the rates?

It was asked if the allocation of the new position of Purchaser, Civic Property & Fleet Coordinator should all be in administrative overhead as there is emergency vehicles etc. that could be charged out to that particular service.

Staff noted that participants of the service only pay towards the cost of administration of programs that they participate in. Staff commented that the position of Purchaser, Civic Property & Fleet Coordinator is new position and vehicle budgets have been set this year within the various departments/services.

Staff suggested to maintain the status quo this year and track for next year.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends to the Regional Board that an Adhoc Finance sub-committee be formed to review the allocation of administrative overhead, how it is calculated, how the rates are set and portioned to the participants of the service and report back to the Governance & Services Committee.

AND FURTHER THAT Directors' James, Shepherd, Edgson and Ophus be appointed to the Adhoc Finance sub-committee.

CARRIED

5.4.3 Regional Grant-in-Aid Allocation

Staff noted that at the February 18, 2011 meeting, Lake Country added $1000 to the Restorative Justice Program and Peachland has removed $100 from Community Gardens from $500 to $400.00. No further changes from the Board.

5.4.4 Review of changes following the February 10, 2010 meeting

Staff reviewed the revised tax rate and requisition impact for each service and area since the February 10, 2011 Governance and Services Meeting. For land and Improvements, the Base Tax Rates for each area are as follows:

Kelowna: increase 0.513% $2.34 (on $446K home)
Peachland increase 1.851% $5.79
Lake country increase 0.079% $2.01
West Kelowna increase 1.236% $3.62

C.O. West decrease -2.072%   -3.19
C.O. East decrease -2.399%   -4.25

The changes that will have an effect on overall Regional Tax Requisitions not including minor items are as follows:
096 - Recycling (Page 46): Recycling Rebates have increased by $60k (increased prices per tonne). Overhead has been changed from fixed amount of $10,000 to a percentage of expenses (5.25%). This service requires active participation and
management by the RDCO, and is now treated the same as other functions in terms of overhead allocations.
030 - Regional Rescue (Page 76): Added service review study costs $25k, reduced reserve transfer from $100k to $50k as suggested, and deferred purchase of Peachland Marine Rescue Zodiac to 2012, pending outcome of service review.
Reserve transfers in 2013 & 2014 increased by $20k each to make up the required difference.
047 - Mosquito Control (Page 3): Removed grant funding for West Nile Virus and related budget--reverted back to the original nuisance service funding formula and taxation of $31,587.
142 - Regional Parks (Page 106): Reduced $13k of expenses and reduced overhead impact.
• The overhead rates have been reduced from Feb 10th rates and this has affected all budgets. (See Tab 8 - Administrative Overhead and the Report contained in that section).
• There is a new Northern and Rural Homeowner Benefit that start in 2011. It is $200 and homeowners will have to meet the same eligibility requirements of the regular grant.
• Staff noted that while keeping the tax rates less than the BC Average Consumer Price Index increase (2010 CPI 1.3 %) for 5 areas, the Board, with the changes discussed in this report, has still managed to increase transfers to reserves and capital projects by 23.1%
• Staff were asked about transit as one of the outstanding items. Staff noted that the RDCO staff are looking for clarification on the apportionment of a 31% cost to WFN.
The Regional District is trying to facilitate a meeting between BC Transit, WFN, DWK, Peachland and RDCO. Director Findlater noted that as the District of West Kelowna now has its own contract with BC Transit that it will only meet with BC Transit.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the changes within the budget be forwarded to the March 25,2011 Board Meeting.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Financial Plan Introduction.pdf

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INTERNAL MEMORANDUM

TO: Board Directors, Department Heads and Managers

Financial Services

FROM: Marilyn Rilkoff, Treasurer, Director of Finance and Administration
DATE: February 10, 2011
SUBJECT: Draft 2011 Budgets and Draft 5 Year Plans
Enclosed you will find a draft budget and 5 year plan package with all initiatives the Board identified in 2011 so that the impacts of these inclusions can be seen for discussion purposes on February 10th at the Governance and Services meeting.

The package is broken down into sections as follows:

RDCO:
• Strategic Plan One Page Summary including 2011 High Level Initiatives. This is a new document created to give a snapshot of the priorities, goals, initiatives and relationships.
• Overall Tax Requisition impacts for each Municipality and electoral area, including tax rates for each service. You may wish to review these first to see how your area is impacted.
• Department Plans with 2011 Initiatives and tie in to Strategic Plan
• Budget Sheets

- Includes some "tips" on information included in this section at the end of the table of contents.
- 2010 Budget vs. 2011 Budget Comparisons for each program. Budget notes are included at the bottom of each sheet to explain larger increases and decreases.
- 2011 to 2015 Financial plan highlighting capital plans and reserve contributions and balances. Budget notes are included at the bottom of each sheet to explain larger increases and decreases.
- Program Plans for your reference if you need information about a service. RHO:

• Hospital Budget.

The following page includes the highlights of some budgets that have the largest tax or rate impacts, and some other large items to be aware of, but please note that all budgets and capital items should still be reviewed.

Assumptions:
That the average home that was assessed at $440,000 in 2010 has increased by an average of 1.3% in value, to $446,000. The range varied in the area from approximately -5% to +5%. If a home dropped by more than 1.3%, the owner will pay less than the numbers estimated, and if a home increased by more than 1.3%, the owner will pay more.

Largest Tax Rate or Service Impacts:

Environmental Services:
091 - Effluent Disposal: Even though expenses have decreased, the reduction to surplus from year to year has caused tax increase. Reserve transfers required for future capital improvements. Pages 11 - 12.

092 - SWM: Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre: Costs have been split out from 093 - SWM: Westside Landfill Closure for tracking and billing purposes. The share the partners will pay in 2011 is less than 2010. Pages 38 - 41.

094 - SWM: Waste Reduction Program: The partners' share of costs has all decreased as the automated garbage cart implementation costs have been removed. Pages 42-43.

095 - SWM: Solid Waste Collection (Electoral Areas): While tipping fees and contract costs have increased slightly, and we are now setting aside reserves for future cart replacements, the collection revenues have increased slightly, and there is a surplus carried forward, so that the overall parcel tax will decrease slightly. Pages 44 - 45.

096 - SWM: Recycling: The partners' share of costs has all decreased substantially as a result of increased processing rebate revenues. Contract costs increased only slightly. Pages 46 - 47.

Development Services:
110- Regional Planning: Large Tax requisition decreases as a result of large surplus carried forward for projects deferred to 2011. Pages 48 - 49.

111 - Electoral Area Planning: Large Tax requisition decreases as a result of large surplus carried forward for OCP projects carried into 2011, and part time staff reductions. Pages 50 - 51.

Protection Services:
023 - North Westside Fire / Rescue: Truck Purchase $475,000, Marine Boat ($220,000) and Boat House ($30,000) still included in budget. Next truck purchase is in 2014 for $350,000, and reserves must continue to be set aside. Pages 64 - 65.

028 - June Springs Fire Protection: While the tax requisition increase is only $1,252 due to contract costs, this causes a significant tax increase to home owners because the assessment base is so small.

029 - Brent Road Fire Protection: Contract costs were $3,400 higher than anticipated last year, causing a deficit which must be made up this year. Staff are investigating further, and may be amending this budget to reflect 2010 costs with no anticipated increase to lessen the impact to taxpayers.

030 - Regional Rescue: Largest requisition increase. Increases requested by service provider for Training, Fire Dispatch, Fire Dept Administration fee, & Responses. COSAR budget reduction of $87,000 relating to capital. Requested increase to reserve transfer from $30,000 to $100,000, then $150,000 in future years - Upcoming vehicle replacements totaling $950,000 2013 & 2017 (Rescue Boat $200,000 & Haz Mat Truck $750,000). Presentation to be made at meeting. Pages 76 - 77.

046 - Dog Control: HVAC and roof project proceeding. Kennel irrigation project for safety reasons. Pages 86 - 87.

105 - Enforcement of Noise Bylaws: Increase due to legal fees. Pages 90 - 91.

Parks:
123 - Joe Rich Community Hall: Increased support to JRATs, and legal costs. Pages 100 -101.

142 - Regional Parks: Requisition increase primarily due to staffing, signage, and planning costs. Development work that was not completed in 2010 has contributed to the surplus carried forward, and these additional funds have been transferred forward to capital development work in 2011. Previously approved land acquisition project will proceed. In 2011 and going forward, the combination of new debt plus transfers to land and facilities reserves does not exceed .055 cents. Pages 106 - 109.

Finance &Administration:
101 - OBWB: Tax requisition increase due to 2011 increase in transfer amount and 2010 deficit. Pages 121 - 122.

171 - Okanagan Regional Library: Increase in transfer amount requested. Pages 125 -126.

Corporate Services:
007 - Electoral Areas: Increase for election costs. Pages 137 - 138.

083 -- Westside Transit (Peachland & WFN): Large deficit as cost allocations between BC Transit and DWK have ensued, and allocation of costs have changed after the original approved budget. Staff are still reviewing proposals and reconciliations only recently completed in early 2011 by Transit. Expected cost increases for 2011. Pages 145 -146.

084 - Handi Dart Transit (WFN): See above. Pages 147 - 148.

Policing Services:
040 - Crime Stoppers: Decrease to tax requisition due to surplus and reduction to transfer to reserves for vehicle. Also reduced vehicle costs. Pages 157 - 158.

041 - Victims Services: Decrease to tax requisition due to surplus. Pages 159 - 160.

Board:
001 - Board: Wages Pages 165 - 166. Other significant projects and items:

Environmental Services:
301 - 310 Water Systems: Significant capital projects. Many funded by Community Works fund as approved by the Board in 2009. Tab 3: Pages 13 - 24

310 - Shalal/FintryNalley of the Sun Water System Construction was previously approved ($5.9 million) and is budgeted to be completed and operational in 2011. Pages 23 & 24.

401 - 472 Westside Sewer System: The Sewer Committee has been meeting regularly and has reviewed the budgets. DCC's and Rates have been reviewed. The budgets have now been broken out to separately show the plant and each of the partners' lift stations / collector system budgets that the RDCO maintains. Invoicing will now split costs on the basis of flows plus a 30% depreciation recovery to build reserves or to use toward capital. Previously approved in the budget was the $13.4million plant expansion which is proceeding. Pages 25 - 33.

Protection Services:
024 - Wilson's Landing Fire Department: Truck Purchase carried forward. Pages 6667. Corporate Services:

002 -- Administration: Proceeding with roof repair project. Applying for RSP funding re: Gas Tax for HVAC portion of project. Total $1.36 in improvements.

Board:
011 - Grant In Aid Requests: will be dependent on Feb 18th meeting. Pages 167 -168 Direction required regarding inclusion in budget for March 25th Pink Tab:

110- Regional Planning: Aggregate Demand I Supply Study, Pilot Project - Report to be presented by Planning. If completed all in one year, adding $165,000 to $256,100 to the Regional Planning tax requisition, would result in a tax impact of $.0046 to $.0071, or $2.05 to 3.16 on a $446,000 home. Not currently included in budget. Pages 48 - 49.

041 - Victims Services: Domestic Violence Unit Support Worker Position: Cost $90,000 including wages, travel, training, office rent, computer and overheads.
Regional cost tax impact: $0.0025, or $1.12 on a $446,000 home. Not currently included in budget. Pages 159 - 160.

023 - North Westside Road Fire Rescue: Board Resolution from Sept 20th #227: The 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan be reviewed to determine if this capital expenditure can be budgeted for in consideration of all the capital expenditures that will be required for this service. Currently included in 5 year plan. Pages 64 - 65.

030 - Regional Rescue Service: Large increases over the years, and need to increase reserve transfers to pay for capital outlays in the next 10 years. Currently included in budget. Pages 76 - 77.

047 - Mosquito Control: If funding is not received, what level does the Board wish to tax requisition to? Pages 3 - 4.

Regional Hospital Budget:
The 2011 increase to an average homeowner is $7.28 on a $446,000 home, or a tax rate of $.324 as previously directed by the Board. The 2 largest projects approved by CORHD (40% share) are $91.347 million for the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC), and $99.357 million for the Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC).

Regional District of Central Okanagan
Electoral Area C.O. West
Tax Requisition Comparison 2011 to 2010
General Services
Regional District of Central Okanagan Tax Requisition Comparison 2011 to 2010
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Regional District of Central Okanagan
Residential Tax Rates
2011 Requisition by Function
Regional District of Central Okanagan Residential Tax Rates 2011 Requisition by Function
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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Introduction of the 5-Year Financial Plan (2011 Budget)

M. Rilkoff introduced the 5-Year Financial Plan highlighting the following:

• The budget is a draft document for discussion purposes. A working document to provide direction to staff for the March 10th meeting.
• The Strategic Plan and the Board's priorities and department high level initiatives were highlighted. Staff will continue to tie in the Board's priorities with the quarterly reports.
• Significant increases to the overall budget were highlighted in the following areas: Regional Rescue, Joe Rich Fire Department and the Aggregate Pilot Study. Delegations were requested by staff to outline the increases.

6.2 Delegations

6.2.1) Regional Rescue Increases - Tom Doherty, City of Kelowna Fire Department 1. Doherty presented the increases to the Regional Rescue program including:

• Increase in training and education.
• Increase in radio licensing fees (no control over increases).
• Fire dispatch increase tied to contractual obligations to the City of Kelowna.

Shift coverage to cover training is not included in the budget.

• Increase in response times - marine rescue (double over the year previous), high angle calls.
• Administration fee increase from the City of Kelowna.
• Transfer for reserves - vehicle replacement plan for the next ten years - marine boats, hazmat trucks.
• Carryover from last year for EOC equipment.
• JEPP grant expenditure.
• 2011 vehicle replacement for Peachland's rescue boat-it is nearing 20 years in age and continuous upgrade required.
• Regional fire chiefs were provided with an update on the budget and no concerns were brought forward.
• Peachland zodiac boat is being replaced out of reserve funds - actual tax requisition is for operation and setting aside future reserves.
• Placement of the three regional rescue boats and response areas was highlighted: Peachland-south, Kelowna-central, Lake Country-Duck & Wood Lake and could be brought into Okanagan Lake. If boats respond to regional emergency calls about 50% is recovered from the Provincial Emergency Plan.
• Preliminary research has been done on the cost of the boat replacement and allocated funds for storing the boat.

ACTION: Staff to provide a full report on the regional rescue service and emergency operations program at a future Governance and Services Committee meeting.

 

6.3 2011 Budget Review (click link above and look at page 8 - 14)

*NOTE* Below is only a snippett

M. Rilkoff provided a review of the budget documents including the RDCO Strategic
Plan, department initiatives, department program plans, residential tax rate comparisons
and tax rate. The tax impact is based on a $446,000 home. The projected tax
increase/(decrease) for each area is as follows:

o City of Kelowna - $2.99 - 1.02% (% increase or decrease)
o District of Peachland - $6.98 - 2.51%
o District of Lake Country - $3.50 - 1.13%
o District of West Kelowna - $4.37 - 1.77%
o Electoral Area West - $1.91 - -0.91%
o Electoral Area East - ($1.83) - -1.80%

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

The following issues were brought forward for consideration from the Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 10, 2011

b) Application for the General Strategic Priorities Fund (Gas Tax Agreement) for the Regional Growth Strategy Update

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT an application for $405,000 in grant funding through the Capacity Building and Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Projects under the Gas Tax Agreement - General Strategic Priorities Fund be supported by the Regional Board;
AND FURTHER THAT an application for this grant in the amount of $405,000 be submitted.

CARRIED

c) The Board rose and reported further on the following resolutions from the February 10, 2011 Governance and Services Committee. By consensus it was agreed to adopt one resolution.

SHEPHERD/HODGE
Aggregate Supply & Demand Study
THAT the Regional Board approve proceeding with the update of the Central Okanagan's Aggregate Supply & Demand study;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the Terms of Reference for the Aggregate Supply & Demand Study for Regional Board approval.

Administrative Overhead
THAT staff be directed to provide a report on the administrative overhead from 2007 thru to 2011 and show and explain how it is allocated to the service, including the gross amount, and how it is recovered.

Effluent Water Disposal
THAT staff be directed to report to the Governance & Services Committee on:
• an outline of the effluent water disposal service and the role of the Regional District;
• a cost recovery model with the object for full cost recovery;
• developing a service agreement with Lake Country to include a planned service review timeframe.

Stakeholder Select Committee Terms of Reference
THAT the Terms of Reference for the Westside Wastewater Treatment Service Stakeholder Select Committee be amended to include discussion on the service of the Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre.

Regional Parks
THAT staff be directed to update the Governance and Services Committee on regional parks issues on a quarterly basis.

Okanagan Basin Water Board
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board be requested to present to the March 10th Governance and Services Committee to explain the requisition increase.

Domestic Violence Staffing
THAT the Regional District continue to advocate for funding for a police-based domestic violence position for the Central Okanagan.
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to request a delegation from the RCMP for the March 10th Governance and Services Committee meeting to present their position on the need for a police-based domestic violence staff position.

Regional Rescue
THAT staff be directed to respond to the following:
• report on whether the purchase of the replacement boat for Peachland can be delayed and transfer of reserve reduced to lessen the tax impact for 2011;
• examination of the cost of the boat in relation to what it costs for a fireboat;
• the functionality of the boat (can it be used for purposes other than rescue?)

Mosquito Control
THAT staff be directed to contact the Province before final budget to ask for a response if, and why they are considering pulling out from funding mosquito control for West Nile Virus.

CARRIED

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