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North Okanagan regional transit could see big changes

Vernon Transit
January 09, 2019 - 3:22 PM

NORTH OKANAGAN - The North Okanagan transit system could see significant changes to its funding structure if a motion passes at the Regional District's meeting today.

At the Regional District's board of directors meeting today, Jan. 9, members will receive a staff report from corporate services which will recommend the adoption of a bylaw amendment. If passed, this proposal will change the necessary amount each North Okanagan district will pay into the regional transit system.

As detailed in the report, the amendment seeks to erase and replace Bylaw 1661 with a new payment structure for the transit system.

The system, which provides public transportation in the North Okanagan along with services for people with special needs, receives funding from the nine areas in the Regional District.

Different areas pay different percentages of the funding total based on ridership. According to the report, in 2018 the areas paid a total of $265,807 for the system.

The proposed amendment would restructure the percentage layout.

The City of Armstrong would see the biggest drop in required funding (28.1 per cent to 21.1 per cent) while the Village of Lumby would see the highest increase (6.6 per cent to 8.6 per cent).

The City of Vernon, the only other area to reduce its percentage, would still have the highest at 24.5 per cent. Electoral Area "F" (which includes Grindrod, Ashton Creek, and Grandview Beach) would have the lowest at 3.3 per cent.

The Regional District board of directors is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 9.

The full staff report can be found here

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