Village close to par on budget, council told at meeting

Building permits down in the Village of Keremeos for the first part of 2012


It was a very light agenda at council chambers at the regular meeting of council on September 17.

Keremeos village council received correspondence from Healthy Families BC Communities and  a thank you note from the Social Planning and Research Council of BC for proclaiming June 2 to be Access Awareness Day.

Council also approved  a regional district request to approve solid waste collection and drop off services to be extended to Indian Rock and Cottonwood Lane areas of Electoral Area “E”. The request was being asked of every stakeholder in the RDOS garbage collection service area.

CFO Rob Hager told council the village budget was at or near budget so far, with legal costs up this year. The roads budget came in under budget by roughly $20,000 after this year’s road works projects were completed.

Highlights of the June 30 budget variance report:

– building permit revenue reflects slow market, at 40 per cent of budget.

– sale of equipment has raised $6,700 that had not been budgeted.

– borrowing revenue for 2012 was for the purchase of the dump truck and will meet budget.

– grant income will meet budget.

– investment income will be at or near budget.

– legislative expenses should be down $3,000 due to reduced travel and conference expenditures.

– financial implications of the June 30 variance report suggests that there are no obvious financial concerns or implications that will require addressing.

Council voted to receive the budget variance report.

Question period elicited questions and comments regarding the village’s downtown economic problems, the recent granting of $300,000 towards the reservoir project, and the costs surrounding business licenses in Keremeos.

Council then met in closed session.