New rates hammer business

Under the proposed structure, the tourist information centre, for example, would pay 80 per cent more

Feedback about a proposed new water rate structure suggests the plan needs further review, says Mayor Chris Burger.

There are four calculators on the city website that let residents see what they might pay under the proposed changes, which Burger said are showing some “substantial increases” for some people, which he feels are worth taking a closer look at.

Kim Burden, executive director of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, said he was glad to hear the city will be reviewing the rate structure.

“We did some work on what the changes would mean and just for us at the tourist centre, with public washrooms and sprinklers, it would be an 80 per cent increase,” he said.

He said he sampled various businesses including an auto-shop, retail store and large and small restaurant and the increases were 50-75 per cent.

He said the chamber is requesting to speak at the next council meeting on Oct. 15 when the new structure is scheduled for a final vote.

Meanwhile Burger encourages people to try the online calculators (at www.parksville.ca) and provide the city with any relevant feedback.

If approved, new billing rates would take effect in the next billing cycle in March 2013.

 

 

Just Posted

Parksville recycling depot employees report verbal, physical harassment from members of public

Staff say some people are unaware they must sort their own items

Nanoose Bay carver goes all-in on projects

Bellis creates eight-foot totem as Christmas gift for wife

Oceanside RCMP auxiliary officer earns top honour for volunteer work

Dally presented special award by Island Commander

Regional District of Nanaimo to webcast board and committee meetings

Viewers can tune in to watch the regular meetings in real-time

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Vancouver Island man wanted after walking away from halfway house in Victoria

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

Vancouver Island teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students, parents

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

Tourism Nanaimo invites celebrities to sample ‘real’ Nanaimo bars

Tourism organization creates video, invites actors Seth Rogen and Dan Levy to visit

Most Read