General News · 16th February 2010
Given that more than the required 99 voters sent in opposition forms, as presented, bylaw 55 has failed. The halls will therefore not receive funding through this service in 2010. Of those opposed, some do not support the halls being funded in part through taxation whereas others support the idea in principle but believe there was insufficient process and/or that the specifics of the proposed tax structure did not present the best option available. Those in support of the bylaw had no formal place for comment given that only opponents needed respond. I believe there is enough support for this general concept that it is worth bringing back for your consideration in another form for the 2011 tax year – and to that I am committed.
I have met with the boards of both the Whaletown Community Club and the Southern Cortes Community Association about how to proceed and will be meeting with Strathcona Regional District staff this week. We will be bringing forward more information shortly for your consideration about possible alterative tax structures, timeframes and budgets. I expect there will be an information sheet in your mail boxes, perhaps a survey, as well as another public community meeting. Stay posted…
Thank-you for all your participation in this democratic process.
Noba Anderson, Regional Director