As the branch of government that works closest to the people, RDKB’s Finance and Corporate team have used the online document to report on the organization’s robust financial health and clear sense of direction to its citizens, while framing the Kootenay and Boundary areas as an attractive proposition for investment and growth. Designed by Shelley Ackermann, who juggles her family’s business operating The Alpine Grind café in Rossland with graphic design work, imagery from local photographers and RDKB staff captures the essence of our region from the ski hills of Big White in the west to the serenity of Champion Lakes in the east.
“Unlike municipalities, regional districts are not legislated to produce annual reports. However, the RDKB has chosen to create the document to be transparent and accountable to the region’s citizens on how their needs are met, funds are raised, tax dollars are spent, and to also measure what strategic plan objectives have been achieved,” says RDKB’s Chief Finance Officer Barbara Ihlen. “If you want to find out what the RDKB is all about, head to our website and take a look at our 2021 Annual Report. We’ve adapted our financial information to transform from what can be an incredibly dry read into an informative, visually impressive one with a financial and statistical section that underlies our commitment to open and responsible reporting,” she adds.
“This document is a way for us to report on our 2021 challenges and successes and to show our communities how we manage the services we deliver to our residents,” adds Linda Worley, Chair of RDKB’s Board of Directors.
As detailed in the RDKB’s latest Annual Report, accomplishments during 2021 included the following: Designating the Cascade Cemetery (Area A) and the Franklin Trail (Area D) as heritage sites; receiving funding from FortisBC for a senior energy specialist for an additional two years; starting the retrofit of the Charles Bailey Theatre rigging system/orchestra pit which was supported by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and Columbia Basin Trust; receiving an additional $1 million in provincial grants for the Food Hub project; and receiving approval of $46 million in provincial and federal funding for the Columbia Pollution Control Centre (waste water treatment) upgrade project.
Head to the homepage of rdkb.com to take a look at how your tax dollars are managed to address your area’s short and long-term needs. It’s all in the RDKB’s 2021 Annual Report. RDKBAnnualReport2021.pdf