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Precautionary measure taken for British Columbia debt

May 03, 2012 Philip Burgess

Precautionary measure taken for British Columbia debt
A new bylaw may soon be passed in the Canadian province of British Columbia's 100 Mile House district that would allow municipal services to shut off utilities of residents with delinquent debt, the 100 Mile Free Press reports.
 While the district doesn't currently have a debt problem, Mayor Mitch Campsall explains that the move is cautionary in nature, and would only occur in extreme circumstances. "We don't have that problem, but we don't want that problem," Campsall told the news source. "We're talking someone who is really negligent." Residents who are delinquent on fines, fees or taxes would be subject to having their services discontinued following a 21-day notice. Utilities could also be shut off upon the district council's decision following an appeal until debt is paid in full. The news source notes in a separate article that the district is also considering a 1.5 percent tax increase for 2012. The previous rise of 3 percent occurred in 2010, and the municipality is attempting to place more money in its reserves this year.