TRHD tax increase $21 per home

Thompson Regional Hospital District tax increase $21 per home

The Thompson Regional Hospital District Board of Directors has approved the 2012 Annual Budget, and approved cost sharing with the Interior Health Authority for various major equipment and renovation upgrades.

The 2012 Annual Budget will see an increase of $21 per household on average. The average household in 2012 will pay $84.36 as compared to $63.61 in 2011.

“This is part of a larger tax strategy until 2014 in anticipation of the Hospital District contributing $100 million towards the Royal Inland Hospital Master Plan,” said TRHD Chair Peter Milobar. “This includes the construction of Columbia Street Health Services Building and the Surgical Patient Care Tower.”

The TRHD also approved cost-sharing at 40 per cent with Interior Health for various major equipment and renovation upgrades. The total sum for the upgrades is $4.6 million, of which the TRHD will pay approximately $1.4 million. Some of the notable projects include replacing the emergency generator at the Lillooet Hospital, and a Pediatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Royal Inland Hospital.