March 25, 2020
NELSON, BC – With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Nelson is working to support the community by implementing measures to help ease the financial challenges and kick start the economy.
Council held a special meeting on March 18, 2020, to address current financial concerns for the community and work towards collaborative solutions.
“We understand that these are unprecedented times, and we want the community to understand that we are working hand in hand with senior levels of government and regional partners to lessen the economic impacts moving forward,” says Mayor John Dooley. “This is a top priority for us, and we will continue to work extremely hard to ensure services continue to be delivered while doing our part to lessen the financial burden.”
In order to support the City of Nelson, Council has approved the following measures:
The RDCK Board did meet and deferred a number of proposed new expenditures until 2021, thereby reducing their proposed increase for 2020, however, they were not able to meet the zero % tax increase request proposed by Council. The City is still waiting to get final numbers to determine the impact on City taxpayers.
There is good news from the Province of BC where the Provincial Government has agreed to reduce school taxes by 50% for businesses. The combined result of the City of Nelson’s actions and the Province of BC will see the property tax bill for all businesses reduced.
The City is committed to maintaining current service levels and will examine ways to decrease costs and optimize services during these difficult times. Supporting one another going forward is an important step and Council is working to offer flexibility to residents and businesses.
“Previous Councils have supported building up reserves over the past ten plus years, and this prudent financial management has created the financial flexibility to respond to emergency situations such as we are experiencing with this pandemic. “says Colin McClure, Deputy CAO for the City of Nelson.
Mayor John Dooley – (250) 352-8236
Colin McClure, Chief Financial Officer firstname.lastname@example.org