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Feasibility Study Urged for Bill Baird and RDKB

Big White is currently a Village within area E of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. Despite a tax base larger than most of the 6 municipalities in the entire District (and paying 60% of taxes for area E), we have had little effective representation on the RDKB Board. We have no public facilities, playgrounds, or parks. While responsive to development of shared natural resources, the taxes and profits generated have not been directed towards improving public amenities or improving the local standard of living. There are two other communities in area E which have a dedicated local representative (Midway and Greenwood), and it is time to consider municipal or Mountain Resort Improvement Area Status for Big White.
Feasibility Study Urged for Bill Baird and RDKB


Our representative, Mr. Bill Baird is a resident of Rock Creek and is elected mainly by the electorate of Midway, Rock Creek, since most owners in Big White are not eligle or available to vote in local elections.  Total taxes for "Area E" in 2006 were $4.25M with $2.6M coming from Big White (see here for a breakdown on property taxes for area E).  There are specific guidelines for elected officials to recommend 3rd party consultation to produce a feasibility study considering the economic impact of various forms of local goverment.  For a breakdown of RDKB Board representation see here.   See here for a similar consultation report generated for Kelowna residents regarding amalgamation of Westbank.

For an overview on the Local Government Act (LGA) click here; for the full details fo the LGA click here.

submitted by Mike Figurski Dec. 13 2007

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