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Note: The next Council meeting will be May 31, and the next Committee of the Whole meeting will be June 1.
DELEGATION – Greenways Land Trust 2019/2020 annual report
Greenways doubled its annual income thanks to additional grant funding during the pandemic. With the funding, Greenways has launched two new projects:
- Good Food Box incubator (produce box delivery program)
- Campbell River urban watershed restoration (since March planted 1,000 trees, managing litter and invasive species)
Highlights of City partnerships include:
- Baikie Island Nature Reserve maintenance
- Invasive species management (Scotch broom and Japanese knotweed)
- School programs and community outreach (funded by City community partnership grant)
Looking forward, Greenways aims to develop a tree planting program to advance the City’s urban forest plan.
See the report online at https://www.greenwaystrust.ca/reports-and-resources/
- 2020 Statement of Financial Information – Council approved the report that includes audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020, as well as details of payments made to suppliers and employee remuneration. The City’s auditors, Meyers Norris Penny, confirmed that the City’s financial statements are free from material misstatement and conform with public sector accounting standards. The audited financial statements highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on the City’s operations – and that, despite lost revenue and reductions in spending, the City was able to make quick, effective decisions to preserve a strong financial position while still delivering a high level of service. The City also received significant senior government grant funding to assist with pandemic service delivery and economic recovery. Each year, Council must approve the statement before the June 30, 2021 deadline.
- 2021 Tax Rates Bylaw adopted – Council adopted the 2021 tax rates bylaw. Using the revised assessment values released by BC Assessment in late March, the 1.95 per cent tax increase equates to:
- $33 annual increase for an average home (valued at $464,000)
- $279 for a typical business (valued at $714,100)
The tax rates bylaw is based on the 2021-2030 Financial Stability and Resiliency Plan Council adopted in December 2020. (See the December 2020 news release for highlights.)
Starting this year, Home Owner Grants will be administered by the Province through online applications. The City of Campbell River, like all other BC municipalities, will no longer accept HOG applications. Home owners must refer to the Province’s website gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or toll-free phone line 1-888-355-2700 for assistance. Property tax payments are due July 2.