Hospital portion of property taxes to rise
The hospital portion on property taxes will rise an average of $21 per household in 2013 as the Thompson Regional Hospital District board tries to build up cash for a down payment on Royal Inland Hospital's new clinical-services building.
At a Thursday, Nov. 22, board meeting, the hospital district committed to contributing $32 million, or 40 per cent, of the project's $80-million budget.
The building will include 350 stalls of parking, as well as two floors of space for outpatient programs and clinics.
The hospital district previously chipped in $100 million for the hospital's master-plan development, which includes an estimated $400 million in new construction.
The tax increase will see the average Kamloops household pay $106 in hospital taxes, up from an average of $85 in 2012.
In addition to the down payment on the clinical services building, the increase will also help cover a down payment for a new surgical tower at RIH — another phase of the hospital's master plan.