Getting the numbers straight on Area E taxation

I believe John Vanden Heuvel’s confusion comes from his use of his overall tax bill (“Smienk’s numbers don’t add up,” November 4).

I believe John Vanden Heuvel’s confusion comes from his use of his overall tax bill (“Smienk’s numbers don’t add up,” November 4).

This includes school tax, provincial rural property tax, police tax, etc. and may change annually depending on assessment changes, and many other factors.

All of my numbers clearly focus on the Regional District of Central Kootenay overall annual total requisition for all of Area E, starting in 2008 which is the last year I as the previous director voted on.  This clearly shows an average 38 per cent increase over 2008. I believe this number would be even higher if the depletion of reserve funds were included.

The source of the numbers I used are provided directly from the chief financial officer of the RDCK.

Josh Smienk

Area E Candidate