Revelstoke City Hall

Revelstoke finance director: Hotel tax skews city spending upward

In a letter, the city finance director said city spending isn't as bad as a watchdog group claims, citing hotel tax and accounting changes

Included in the city’s Nov. 26 council agenda was a rebuttal of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s BC Municipal Spending Watch 2013 report, which was released earlier in November.

That report found Revelstoke was the 12th worst “freest spending municipality” in B.C. Real operating spending per capita increased by 89 per cent between 2000 an 2011. Between 2010 and 2011, per capita spending jumped 13 per cent in one year. According to the report, Revelstoke jumped from 26th worst to 12th worst on one year.

Inglis categorically dismissed the report, saying the small-business interest group’s report was “biased in favour of supporting its particular point of view” and labelled some its comparisons as “spurious.”

He said a new accounting system adopted in B.C. in 2009 shifted the way capital assets were accounted for, moving their depreciation into the “operating expenses” category. This artificially inflates overall spending, he said.

Revelstokians are familiar with the hotel tax, a scheme adopted when Revelstoke became an official resort municipality. Although the tax is collected through a hotel tax, Inglis said the new funding is expended as an operating expense. This inflates expenditures, although the tax is not a property tax, he wrote.

Inglis pointed a finger at senior government downloading as a cause of increased spending.

However, he attributed the bulk of expenditure growth in the city budget to projects approved or ushered in by past councils: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the new RCMP station, the aquatic centre, taking over the Revelstoke Court House and the water treatment plant at Greeley.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna classroom where child allegedly overdosed re-opens after cleaning

An 8-year-old was unresponsive and unable to walk after ingesting an unknown substance at school.

Revelstoke’s Dam Survivors bring home bronze

The dragon boat team finished up their season with a medal

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Sept. 12

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, Sept. 13, 1899 The memorial stone for… Continue reading

Revelstoke Community Calendar for Sept. 12

Bear Aware Affair Sept. 22, 4 p.m. Alley beside The Regent A… Continue reading

Growls and Hugs for Sept. 12

Someone or something got your hackles up? Or maybe someone made you… Continue reading

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Video: Rain doesn’t deter Terry Fox runners in Salmon Arm

Dozens showed up to continue the Canadian icon’s marathon of hope.

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

Most Read