Regional hospital taxes go up slightly

Expected major improvements at Royal Inland cause Thompson Regional Hospital District to increase its tax requisition to build up its reserve fund

Thompson Regional Hospital District has approved a $6.15 increase in tax requisition for average assessed residential properties within the TRHD. The original TRHD budget bylaw that Was brought forward to the board March 24 sought a tax requisition 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 THRD 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 tax requisition will generate $500,000, which will be placed in a special reserve fund.

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 electoral area from the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. The THRD contributes 40 per cent funding for capital projects undertaken by the Interior Health Authority within the THRD.