Castlegar Budget 2010

The City of Castlegar is preparing to pass a budget and five year financial plan that indicates spending on new infrastructure to the Airport lands of approximately $4.2 million for water and $1.6 million for sewer over the next two years. This is money that is coming out of the water and sewer funds respectively […]

Castlegar and Celgar Reach an Agreement

The City of Castlegar is in a tight position, perhaps that’s why they penned a pretty slick media release a week ago week encouraging residents to participate in a survey and inviting them to the two public input sessions being held on the budget and financial plan. The public has been eerily quite on the issue of […]

Castlegar Springs

The Grade-A services we enjoy in Castlegar from the library, water, sewer, streets and sidewalks, right through to the snow clearing operation comes with a hefty price tag. There is an indication out there that we are about to find this out, either through reduced services or increased taxes, as council balances a shift of taxes away from the industrial tax base, predominantly funded by the Celgar pulp mill.

The Future of Infrastructure?

We speak in very real terms about the state of infrastructure deficit we find ourselves in as a nation and as municipalities, and scratch our heads as we wonder how we are going to possibly find the money to complete all of the upgrades or renewal required. Charles Hughes Smith, the author of Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for […]

Municipalities on the Front Line of the Economy

While the Federal Governments in the US and Canada throw stimulus money to the wind, the Municipalities are on the front line of debt, foreclosures and real service cuts. Here’s a sample of my reading list from this week on this topic.

The Price of Heavy Industry

The City of Castlegar, after many years of benefiting from the Industrial Tax revenue from the Celgar Pulp Mill just upstream of the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, is facing a serious financial challenge. Celgar recently annouced that it was not going to pay taxes after the City responded to their request for […]

BC Climate Action Revenue for Local Governments

The BC government is making an effort to bring the Province into the forefront of climate change sustainability. Part of this was the introduction of the Carbon Tax, and the one off household rebate for this year. Now, Premier Campbell has announced that local governments will be eligible to receive a grant equaling their carbon […]