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Plans to add HST to poppies made for Legionnaires across Canada will be scrapped today, but the idea did raise the ire of Royal Canadian Legion Branches across the country. Marguerite Kempin, Vice President of Legion Branch 96 in Merritt, says it would have been unfair, as the poppies are actually made by a veteran's group that helps disabled vets and people that need help. In Merritt, funds raised during the poppy campaign are donated to Coquihalla-Gillis House to assist veterans. A bursary from the poppy fund is also given to help students who are family members of veterans.
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The City of Merritt Development Services Officer says before a Springbank-Grimmett Connector can be done, there has to be some archaeological assessments conducted. Sean O'Flaherty says the land being crossed near the site of the former Grasslands Hotel has a significant Native history. Depending on the finds after the study, O'Flaherty says it would basically mean a different level of application with the BC Government will have to be made before the project to link Springbank to Grimmett will be able to proceed.
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The City of Merritt is encouraging residents to take in a public open house by BC Hydro today to address the growing demand for electricity in the area. City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says it's important people attend. People may drop in anytime between 4 and 8pm at the Merritt Convention and Civic Centre to learn more or add feedback on the proposed new transmission line.
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The high taxation rate in the City of Merritt is not something City Council is unaware of and they plan to rectify things. Mayor Susan Roline says since being elected she and most of council have been committed to reducing Merritt's taxes. Roline says council wants to keep the same level of services the community is used to and a number of the facilities need upgrades, which council has to keep in mind. Roline points out that most communities charge for utilities separately, but in Merritt they account for about $680 on tax bills, making the amount look out of line. She says council is looking at separating them out this year, making the tax bill look much more attractive.
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While Merritt City Council still has to decide how it's going to support the Gold Country Tourism Association, they are on side. City Councilor Dave Baker says member communities are being called upon to support a substantial increase in memberships. Baker says are far as the money situation goes, Council will be looking at that come budget time.
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