General News · 1st September 2017
Helping to clear up conflicting information about referendum costs $6,000 or $18,000?
As I understand, the ball park cost for a referendum could be between $15,000 –$20,000.
It requires substantial effort for the local government and staff to work out the logistics; their time would be charged to Cortes Island/Area B. It covers the cost of setting up polling stations, hiring poll officials, printing and sending out ballots, advertising with public notices in Post Offices and newspapers.
The District would notify every property owner that a vote wlll be held, providing them with voting and advance voting opportunities, updating an official voter’s list, registering individuals who want to be scrutineers overseeing the poll, monitoring the actual vote in accordance with the BC Elections Act, reporting to BC Elections, reviewing and posting results.
A Provincial Returning Officer may be required to monitor the actual vote.
As you can see, a referendum is no hastily organized slap-dash undertaking done on the cheap.
These details may be incomplete in one way or another.