Discount remains in bylaws

The Seniors Discount remains as utilities bylaws move towards approval.

Ashcroft Council gave second and third readings to the water, sewer and solid waste bylaws that contain the reduced Senior’s Discount.

Advancement of the bylaws stalled briefly after several residents complained about the elimination of the Seniors Discount and Council decided to reduce it rather than eliminate it completely.

The Senior’s Discount will remain at 25 per cent for this year and 2016, be reduced to 20 per cent in 2017 with a five per cent reduction in each of the following years until 2019 when it will have been reduce to 10 per cent and will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

The bylaws all require one more trip before Council for final adoption.

“I feel it’s worth pointing out that the Discount is being phased out slowly starting next year,” said Coun. Barb Roden as Council discussed sewer bylaw 796. “That should give people time to adjust to it.”

“In 2018 if I run again for council, maybe we can change it back,” said Coun. Alf Trill who voted against the Discount reduction.

“If we never change the 25 per cent Discount,” said Coun. Al Mertens, “We have half the population paying 50 per cent of the rates while the other half pays 67 per cent more. It’s a fee for use and it shouldn’t be affected by age.”

“I think this is a fair way of paying from everyone’s point of view,” said Mayor Jack Jeyes.

“Clinton is going to face this same question with their new water treatment plant,” noted Roden as they moved on to the water utility bylaw 797. “Water treatment means higher taxes.”

“Just getting our plant set up isn’t going to end our problems – it’s going to mean new ones like higher rates,” said Trill.

“It’s not a question of making money off this,” said Roden. “It’s receiving the money necessary to keep it operating.”

“Since water and sewer fees had not been increased since 2006, this increase is larger than it would have been with a sustainable increase from then until now,” noted Mertens.

“I don’t know how much people expect of the Village for waste disposal,” he continued as the solid waste disposal, bylaw 798 came up for discussion, “but some people noticeably have more garbage than others. I don’t know if it’s a lack of recycling or if they just buy more and have more packing to throw out. They should be made aware there’s a cost to disposal.”

“The new garbage truck and bins have been working very well,” said Trill.

The bins didn’t need to be put out if they weren’t full, said Jeyes, and that would mean less stops for the garbage truck.

Just Posted

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

Proposed Boston Flats Eco-Depot hits rezoning amendment hurdle

TNRD now considering way forward after third reading of bylaw defeated

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Haida youth travels to New York for UN forum on Indigenous issues

Haana Edensaw presented her speech in Xaad Kil, Masset dialect of the Haida language

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

Most Read