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By Timothy Schafer on Friday Apr 14 2017

Although final reading for the Financial Plan Bylaw passed, one city councillor says the 3.5 per cent tax increase contained in the budget is higher than what has been cited.

Coun. Julia Butler said the tax rate the city will be assessing actually increases by five per cent, since it’s a 3.5 per cent increase in the overall revenue collected by the city, meaning people are...

By Timothy Schafer on Friday Apr 14 2017

The cart was before the horse as city council set the mill rate for its new budget, and some confusion reigned about the process.

The mill rate, also referred to as the millage rate, is a figure representing the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax. 

In Grand Forks the city crafts and drafts its budget — which...

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Apr 10 2017

The City of Grand Forks is going heritage — signs, that is.

In a media release Monday, the city communications department said Grand Forks is receiving $10,000 for the Downtown Heritage Signs project.

The project and grant application was approved as a partnership with the Downtown Business Association.  

“We’re proud to help highlight the area’s heritage and to further...

By Timothy Schafer on Sunday Apr 09 2017

It's going to cost a little more to plug in and throw out in Grand Forks this year.

Electricity and garbage collection rates will be going up this year after city council approved third reading on an increase to the two services in the Fees and Charges Bylaw, with final adoption of the new bylaw rates to put them into law expected to come April 10.

The basic minimum residential...

By Contributor on Sunday Apr 09 2017

Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million...

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Apr 03 2017

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic...

By Boundary Sentinel on Wednesday Mar 29 2017

Grand Forks RCMP made an arrest after three schools in the city were vandalized Monday.

The arrest came after officers responded to complaints at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary schools and Grand Forks Secondary.

The first complaint came in Monday (March 27) as RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary Schools in the...

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Mar 29 2017

The city was the benefactor of nearly $3.5 million in federal and provincial grant money recently as it was successful in its two applications for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

The city will receive $3,416,300 for two grant applications in its latest funding cycle, including $88,000 of a $95,000 total cost for a sewer phasing plan, and $3,328,300 of a $4,010,000 total cost...

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Mar 27 2017

Interior Health said in a media release its removing a "Do Not Use" order for water for several properties in a specified area between Bridesville and Rock Creek posted March 2, 2017.

The initial order was posted for water for several properties in a specified area between Bridesville and Rock Creek as a precautionary measure due to notification from the RCMP that a clandestine drug lab...

By Letters to the editor on Thursday Mar 23 2017

To The Editor:

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in "for profit" or even "non-profit" facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which...