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Art gallery, Olympic village and more touched by provincial budget

September 17th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Here’s a link to the report from Vancouver city finance guy Ken Bayne about the implications of the provincial budget for the city of Vancouver. Some of Bayne’s analysis could just as easily apply to Surrey or Coquitlam — the impact of all-day kindergarten on community centres, which may get more demand for after-school care; the hits on libraries; the HST that will be applied to some city fees.

But there are also some impacts that hit Vancouver a little harder than most. The HST on new residential units over $400,000, Bayne notes, could impact the future marketing of Olympic village condos which the city has a pretty direct interest in. The provincial budget makes no mention of the Vancouver Art Gallery or any funding for it, which will likely have an impact on whether and where the gallery moves to.  However, there is money identified for the construction of the new pre-trial centre, whichever municipality that ends up in.

The money for repairing the roof on BC Place is there, but it’s uncertain whether it will be enough to cover the full bill. The operating money for HEAT shelters continue to the end of the 2009/2010 fiscal year (that’s end of March, I believe) and the money for the first six social-housing sites is there, but there is nothing identified for the other eight until something happens with the Little Mountain redevelopment.

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