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The mission of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is to provide area residents and communities with services, governance and representation in a manner that supports the economic, social and environmental goals of the region.
Regional districts can provide a broad range of services, with the exception of roads and policing. The choice of services is determined by the regional board but only with the approval of the electors. The scope of services therefore varies with each regional district.
Unlike municipalities, regional districts are required to match the benefits and costs of its services to the people who benefit from the services. Costs are recovered by taxing those who benefit from the services – in other words, residents pay for what they get. The RDCK provides over 160 services to taxpayers including such services as fire protection, animal and insect control, refuse, recreation, community sustainability and community recreation.
In November 2015, electors from Regional District of Central Kootenay (“RDCK”) Electoral Areas A, D and E, (collectively referred to as “the participating areas”) voted to establish the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (“the Fund”). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDCK Board of Directors. Under this Bylaw, from 2015 to 2024, property owners in the participating areas pay a parcel tax of $15 per parcel per year towards a dedicated fund for conservation projects in the service area.