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General News · 28th November 2018
Ester
I know sometimes things are hard to find on the Tideline (so you can stop emailing me now :) here is the direct link to Noba's post where she talks about "SRD staff will engage the community further on this matter before the vote".

So I think that's all that's happening. Some engagement from SRD staff with the community. And if you don't want to have community engagement or any further discussion on the matter, don't go to the community meetings that will be held.

After the community consultation there will be a bylaw and everyone gets to vote yes or no.

Noba's Article:
http://www.cortesisland.com/tideline/show10720a5s0x50y1z/5_Voting_and_Assent_Opportunities

Cortes Hall Tax Service
The second proposed new tax service, after some years of dormancy, is the proposed Cortes hall tax service. Hundreds of Cortes residents requested that the matter of establishing a Cortes hall tax be put to a referendum. Hundreds of others then requested that the question not be put to this form of democratic vote. Regional District staff consulted with the boards of the two Cortes community halls as well as the core group opposing this effort and summarized for the community’s split will. A draft service establishment bylaw was offered by staff which would allow for a maximum of $75,000 to be collected annually either through property value or parcel taxation. Rather than sending this matter to a final vote in conjunction with the fall civic election, given the contention on this matter, the board opted rather to hold a more exploratory non-binding referendum in October. This non-binding referendum, as I understand it, will essentially ask IF you want a definitive vote on this matter at a later time. This is a more cautious two-step approach to gauge public will. The exact non-binding referendum question will be forthcoming in bylaw form at a future SRD board meeting. SRD staff will engage the community further on this matter before the vote.
Thanks
Comment by Jim L. on 29th November 2018
Thanks very much Ester for this info.
Appreciate what you do with the Tideline.