RDN to increase funding for Gabriola organizations

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, January 16 2019

Both GERTIE and the Gabriola Museum have been successful in having their funding increased for the next budget year.

That according to Vanessa Craig, Regional Director for Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, Decourcy).

Requests from GERTIE and the Museum were received at the Committee of the Whole (COW)meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Board on January 8.

Craig said she made a motion to adjust the Gabriola Transit line to reflect a a 2% cost-of-living increase + 1% increase over 2018 levels. 

She said the numbers provided in last week’s Sounder were not correct.

GERTIE did not actually receive an increase in 2018 – the line item for Gabriola Transit for 2017 and 2018 was $136,000. 

“Therefore, the amount that they received in both 2017 and 2018 was $130,200 (there is an RDN administration fee of $5,800 which brings the total to $136,000). 

“I made a motion to increase their amount by 3% over the $130,200 to $134,106. 

“The line item will increase to that + the RDN admin fee, so the line item will end up in the range of $140,000.”

The Museum will see the funding it receives from the RDN increase by $4,000 - the increase is based on an increase in fixed operational costs to keep the museum open - including hydro, insurance, repair and maintenance, service contracts for accounting and computer support services, potable water (et cetera.) - all of which have increased since the Museum first started receiving  operational funding from the RDN in 2011.

Craig she had also made a motion which will see the Huxley Park Phase 2 tax split between the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.

Originally the RDN had been budgeting for a one-time requisition of $121,346 through Area B taxes to cover the balance of building Phase 2 of Huxley Park (which includes the skate park, parking lot, and other unfinished amenities).

Jeannie Bradburne, RDN Director of Finance said the estimated impact per $100,000 of assessed value of the single-year requisition would be $8.62.

Broken out over two years, it will be $4.31 per $100,000 assessed value.

Craig corrected the information in last week’s Sounder about the Gabriola Recreation Society requested increase, saying it would only increase to a maximum of $8,000 as needed to top up what the GRS receives through the Canada Summer Student program to hire summer staff.

Craig said the modified and updated budget will be coming forward at the January 22 RDN Board meeting. 

The budget won’t be official until it is place in the 5-year plan which is scheduled to come forward at the Feb 12 COW to then be finalized at the Feb. 26 RDN Board meeting.