TRHD hospital tax increases for 2011

The Thompson Regional Hospital District has approved a $6.15 increase in tax requisition for average assessed residential properties within the TRHD Annual Budget Bylaw for 2011. The original TRHD Budget Bylaw that was brought forth to the Board last Thursday sought a tax requisition increase for average assessed residential properties of $1.15.

“The general consensus among the Board is that the Interior Health Authority is preparing to bring forth some major increased expenditures for the Royal Inland Hospital when they present their Master Plan to us in June,” said TRHD Chair Harry Danyluk. “So the Board has decided to increase the tax requisition rate to help build up a reserve amount in preparation of this.”

The motion was passed by the 28 TRHD Board members present with two voting against the motion – Lytton director Jessoa Lightfoot and Squamish Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area A (Gold Bridge, Bralorne and Area) director Russ Oakley.

The tax requisition increase will generate $500,000 which will be placed in a reserve fund.

The Thompson Regional Hospital District covers the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, plus two eastern Electoral Areas from the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the District of Lillooet, and one western Electoral Area from the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

The TRHD contributes 40 per cent of funding for capital projects undertaken by the Interior Health Authority within the TRHD.