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Roundup of Recent Blog Posts

A Closer Look at 2020 Property Tax Notice - as a bit of a tax nerd, I actually enjoy going over our taxes and comparing year to year. In the post, I share some of my findings from my household's tax assessment and clarify which line items come from the RDOS and which line items come from other entities like the province. I also share a few comparables from a similarly valued home in Penticton and explain the property tax increase our household faces.

A few days ago, I received an email asking when the Greater West Bench Transit parcel tax was approved. This blog post addresses that question and where we go from here.

RCMP Costs - rural vs municipal - ever wondered why we pay more for our library card then our RCMP? This post explains it.

If you have heard in the media the dialogue between Mayor Vassilaki and the RDOS, my post from May 4 called Regional District budgets, property taxes and COVID-19 relief/support provides some background. (Spoiler alert: there is no relief or support like alternative tax payment plans for rural residents from the province.)

Finally, Virtual Canada Day is coming our way, and you could be part of the show! Here is how to get involved.

As always, I look forward to hearing your comments.


Riley Gettens

Director, Electoral Area "F"



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Hello, the smoke on the west side of Greater West Bench is from a new fire on PIB near or around Blue Mountain. RDOS is not involved at the moment. BC Wildfire is currently assessing. For updates pl

Hi all, I made some updates to past posts. Here is a summary with relevant links. Hope you are all well. As usual, please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! SD67 and the long-range