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Alternative Approval Process for the Local Conservation Fund Service Establishment

Posted Monday, September 21, 2020

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the North Okanagan Local Conservation Fund Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2794, 2018 officially closed on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  The Regional District estimated the total number of qualified electors in the service area (City of Armstrong, Village of Lumby and Electoral Areas B, C, D, E and F) to be 20,010 in accordance with 2018 CivicInfo election data and that the receipt of at least 10% (2,001) of the eligible electors would be required to defeat the bylaw without an assent vote being held.  The total number of elector response forms received by the deadline opposing the Board of Directors of the Regional District of North Okanagan adopting Bylaw 2794 is 23. 

Approval of the electors has been received for the bylaw pursuant to Section 179 of the Community Charter.  Accordingly, the Board of Directors adopted Bylaw 2794 on January 22, 2020 which authorized the Regional District to establish a service for the purpose of grant funding in support of conservation efforts.

Participants of the service are:  Electoral Areas “B”, “C”, “D”. ‘E” and “F”, City of Armstrong and Village of Lumby.

The maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the service shall not exceed $102,000, which would result in a tax increase to the average home valued at $358,000 approximately $7.00 per year.