Premier John Horgan will meet with the mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna Monday to talk about the speculation tax. —Image: Black Press Files

Mayors to meet premier Monday to talk about speculation tax

The mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna wil meet with John Horgan Monday in Kelowna

B.C. Premier John Horgan’s meeting with the mayors of Kelowna and West Kelowna to discuss the planned provincial speculation tax is coming sooner rather than later.

Lasrt week Horgan said he would meet West Kelowna’s Doug Findlater and Kelowna’s Colin Basran “later this month” when he was in the Okanagan.

But the premier’s office has confirmed the meeting will take place in Kelowna on Monday morning. It is the only event the premier is scheduled to attend in the city.

The mayors, who say the speculation tax will be bad for development and the overall economies of their respective cities, are expected to argue to have Kelowna and West Kelowna excluded from the tax.

Related story: Kelowna’s mayor says he’ll talk to B.C.’s premier about speculation tax

The tax would slap an additional levy on the owners of secondary property in several B.C. municpalities and is widely opposed in both cities.

The tax, which is expected to be implemented in the fall, would only be applicable in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria and Nanaimo areas, as well as Kelowna and West Kelowna.

On Friday Findlater declined to comment on the upcoming meeting, confirming he has been invited to a meeting with Horgan but said he was asked not disclose any information.

“Nothing to say at the moment,” he said.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Councillor Gambell raises motion to fit busses with seat belts

The motion was passed on Tuesday’s council meeting

FormaShape snuffs small electrical fire

Fire department responds to fire in Lake Country for precautionary measures

Melcor Developments supports YMCA Strong Kids with generous $9,000 donation

Local business raises funds to enrich community through YMCA services

Kelowna Memorial Cup committee visits 2019 tournament in Halifax

The committee wants to get a first-hand look at how the tournament is organzied

Boil water notice in effect for Lake Country

A broken water main leads to boil water notice in the District of Lake Country

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Update: Plan to see more smoke from South Okanagan wildfire

Richter Creek wildfire, 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, is an estimated 400 hectares

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Okanagan housing builds hope for 52 homeless individuals

The 52 unit supported housing apartment officially opens in Vernon

Gardens plant hope for Okanagan residents who were once homeless

Turning Points, in collaberation with Briteland, bring square foot gardening to Blair Apartments

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

RCMP set to patrol Okanagan lakes

Vernon-North Okanagan members will be on area waters helping keep boaters safe

Summerland students to raise voices in public speech competition

Public speaking component is included in high school English program

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Most Read