Mayor White leads regional hospital board for 2023
On March 23, this group is scheduled to meet to discuss the adoption of the 2023 budget and bylaws, which set the rates for property taxes to be collected in the areas all of the SCRD to pay for this approved spending plan.
The Mayor of the City of Gibsons, Silas White, is the Chair of the Board of the Sunshine Coast Regional Hospital District (SCHRD) for 2023. On January 26, the Director of the City of Gibsons celebrated in a meeting at the offices of the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) in this position by his board colleagues, the directors l -other of the SCRD area.
There was also only one candidate for the position of Deputy Chairman in 2023. Area E (Elphinstone) director Donna McMahon took on the role.
Approval of the 2023 budget and other meetings
The other matter discussed in the meeting was the adoption of the schedule of this year’s sessions. On March 23, the group is scheduled to meet to discuss the adoption of the 2023 budget and bylaws, which set the rates for property taxes to be imposed in the areas all of the SCRD to pay for this approved spending plan. According to the SCRD website, SCHRD funds are typically used to provide 40 percent of the annual capital funding costs for the region’s hospital facilities. The province and other funding partners, including groups such as the Sechelt Hospital Foundation, provide the rest of the funds needed for these purposes. (Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is responsible for health care in the region.)
McMahon asked about the timeline for a review of SCRD’s memorandum of understanding with VCH, which outlines the process followed by the parties to agree on voluntary capital cost sharing requests. Tina Perreault, SCRD’s Chief Financial Officer, responded that VCH has scheduled a meeting with the SCRD Board in the coming months to discuss these and other issues.
SCHRD meetings are also scheduled for April, July and October.