Your 2017 property assessment notice

BC Assessment, the provincial Crown corporation that classifies and values properties in BC, has recently mailed out their 2017 assessment notices. These assessments reflect the value of all homes in the District as of July 1, 2016. Property assessments and your property taxes While municipal governments don't control these assessments, we use the valuations to calculate the amount of property tax payable for each property, as required by law. Residential taxes are based on the total average assessed value for all residential properties in the District.

New garbage and organics carts coming during 2017

This year, we will be providing free carts with wheels and locking lids — one for garbage and one for organic waste — to every home in the District that receives residential garbage collection.

Help us expand the ways we offer services and deliver information

We're exploring new ways to use the Internet and other digital tools (apps, mobile devices, and so on) to increase your access to District Hall, and we'd like your help. Please take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences using our current online tools, and how we could improve or add to those tools to make it easier to interact and do business with us. We'll consider what we learn as we plan future improvements and additions to and develop additional digital tools and services.

Christmas tree recycling in the District

You have two options for recycling your Christmas tree: take it to a chipping event, or treat it like other yard trimmings for curbside disposal.

Federal government announces $500,000 upgrade to Kirkstone Park sports field

Mayor Walton with MP Jonathan WilkinsonWe will receive $500,000 in funding from the Government of Canada's CIP 150 program to upgrade Kirkstone Park's sports field  — including converting it to synthetic turf — it was announced today.

2017-2021 Draft Financial Plan (budget) ready for review

Our Draft 2017-2021 Financial Plan contains our proposed operating and capital budget, highlights of our work program, and the proposed tax increase for 2017. Core services, such as public safety, transportation and recreation, and investments in new infrastructure and renewal of the existing built environment are primarily funded by your tax dollars. Please give us your feedback We allocate funds to the highest service and infrastructure priorities, and your feedback plays a critical role in that.

Update on the new Keith Road Bridge

With the record breaking number of wet days in October and November, we have been unable to complete final paving across the bridge, and have postponed final completion until warm and dry weather returns in the spring. Contractors have been preparing the site for temporary line painting and will be opening additional lanes on the bridge as soon as appropriate weather and road conditions allow. In the meantime, restoration work in Bridgman Park is ongoing and set for completion by December 31, 2016.

Lynn Headwaters access road is temporarily closed, effective December 1, 2016

In the interest of public safety, we  are closing the access road to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park to vehicles, effective December 1, 2016. Hikers and cyclists will still be permitted.

Community Heritage Award nominations are now being accepted

Through our Community Heritage Commission, we want to recognize and honour special projects and accomplishments in the field of heritage conservation. The Community Heritage Awards are given in recognition of the efforts of individuals and groups involved in promoting heritage within the District. Nominations will be accepted until December 6, 2016. Award categories There are five different award categories:

Share your views on preliminary design ideas for Maplewood

If you were unable to attend our October 19 public open house, where we shared the preliminary design ideas from our intensive design workshop with the community and got everyone's feedback, it's not too late to have your say.