Two members of the Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) went before Parksville city council on Monday, March 21.
According to the council agenda, the presentation was to be made by Pamela Bottomley, executive director, and Michelle Jones, secretary treasurer, and was to include the PDBA’s 2021 annual report and 2022 budget to council.
“As most of you were at our AGM (annual general meeting) two weeks ago, I won’t go into great detail about the budget and financial,” said Jones.
No questions pertaining to the 2021 annual report or 2022 budget were made by council.
“We’re asking for the forwarding of the 25 per cent of the levy fee as of next month,” added Jones.
According to the Downtown Business Improvement Area Establishment Bylaw (no. 1556), the requested 25 per cent (of the current year’s grant) can be forwarded prior to council approval for the annual budget. For 2022, council is empowered to grant $195,000.
Council voted unanimously in favour of forwarding the levy funding.
“I wanted to highlight that we’ve just completed our 15th year of the BIA (business improvement area) in Parksville downtown. And that property owners and businesses have contributed an additional $2.2 million above and beyond the regular taxes that property owners pay for the enhancement and the promotion of the downtown core,” said Jones.