Efforts to expand the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s mosquito reduction service in the community of Blue River failed.
A public assent vote was held in the community for electors to vote on whether a mosquito reduction service area would move forward. Only 32 per cent (69 properties) of the needed 50 per cent of eligible properties returned a signed, in favour, petition. There are 217 eligible properties in Blue River.
The assent process was planned in response to a community meeting held last fall, according to a press release from the TNRD.
A majority of those in attendance at the fall meeting were in favour of the tax increase to bring in the service, but that support didn’t extend to a majority of property owners.
Had the petition succeeded, the estimated cost of the service was $125,000 per year which would’ve resulted in a property tax increase of about $130 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year for residential properties.
For the petition to be successful, more than 50 per cent of eligible properties would’ve had to return a signed petition. In addition, those returned petitions would have to represent more than half of the assessed value of the community. The combined assessed property value of the petitions was $13,970,000 representing only 27 per cent of the over $51 million total.
The TNRD operates a mosquito reduction service in Electoral Areas A, O, P, L, J, M and N, including the municipalities of Clearwater, Barriere, Chase, Sun Peaks, Kamloops and Logan Lake.