Town of Comox new council (from left) Alex Bissinger, Ken Grant, Nicole Minions, Mayor Russ Arnott, Stephanie McGowan, Maureen Swift and Pat McKenna. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

Comox council briefs: property tax update; Snowbirds flyby

In a budget update provided to councillors at Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting, the average single-family homeowner within the Town of Comox will see an increase of about $46 of general municipal tax for 2019.

Clive Freundlich, director of finance for the Town told council in his update, recalculated preliminary 2019 property taxes reflect BC Assessment Authority’s revised assessment tool and the inclusion of a one per cent asset replacement tax levy, for a total municipal level increase of 3.11 per cent.

He added the property tax increase by the Town is still extremely competitive compared to other municipalities.

Freundlich said in 2018, owners of an average single-family home in Comox paid about $1,226.35 in property taxes; in 2019 it will be approximately $1,272.46.

During the budget update, council also reviewed three requests for grants which were referred to the budget process.

The Town established a no grant-in-aid policy years ago but may refer requests to the budget process.

From the three – a $2,000 request from The Alberni Project Society, $7,500 request from Comox Archives and Museum Society and a request for an ad from the Royal Canadian Legion – council unanimously passed a motion to support CAMS, as their operation depends significantly from support from the Town, noted Coun. Ken Grant.

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Council agreed to provide a letter of support to allow a flyby over Marina Park by the Snowbirds April 28 to coincide with the Royal LePage Snow to Surf event taking place at that time.

The society is set to have the Snowbirds fly as low as 500 feet between 1 and 3 p.m. which aligns with the regularly scheduled training runs that will be conducted over the Comox Valley by the military demonstration team.

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