The Regional District of Nanaimo Board votes this week on what will likely be the final draft.  They’re looking at an overall 5 per-cent increase, but as RDN Director of Finance Wendy Idema explains there’s quite a variance this year from area-to-area.

The Regional District of Nanaimo Board votes this week on what will likely be the final draft.  They’re looking at an overall 5 per-cent increase, but as RDN Director of Finance Wendy Idema explains there’s quite a variance this year.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District has one round of budget debates left, and they’re also seeing a lot of variance this year. All areas are getting an increase with the numbers running from 0.96 per cent in Pender Harbour to over 9 per cent for the Sechelt Indian Government District.

Garry Nohr is the chair of the SCRD he says with a few decisions still to come in Round 3  he expects the overall increase could still go up around 1 per-cent.

Nohr says one reason there could be a further increase is the need to deal with costs for “green waste” disposal, which have risen about 200 thousand dollars.

The Round 3 budget debates start next week.

Both RDs need to adopt a final budget before the end of March.