RDN asks for budget priorities

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Planning for the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 2022-26 budget is underway.

A question period and survey is open through Sept. 10 for the public to share its top priorities. The board of directors receives the feedback during the budget review process. The provisional budget will head to the board for consideration on Nov. 9 with the final budget to be completed in Feb. 2022.

Vanessa Craig, Electoral Area B director, told the Sounder of a number of 2022 budget additions under consideration for the electoral area, including ongoing maintenance costs for Huxley Park skatepark, the Village Way Path and park toilets; a new $5,000 annual grant for Gabriola Land and Trails Trust; re-evaluation of the Joyce Lockwood beach access; investigation of a boat launch right-of-way on Mudge Island and access staircase on the right-of-way between Degnen Bay and Maple Lane; and a park management plan for Cox Community Park. A usage assessment for Nanaimo recreational facilities, delayed due to COVID-19, will carry over from last year.

Development of a framework for a parks and recreation master plan for Gabriola is also expected to get underway in 2022.

In 2021, Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, DeCourcy) paid about $1.65 million in property taxes, up 1.1 per cent from 2020. Total revenue from taxation across the district was $65 million. Public transit, wastewater and water, solid waste, regional and community parks and wastewater treatment were the RDN’s largest service budgets.

The survey is available on getinvolved.rdn.ca under budget talks.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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