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General News · 13th December 2019
SRD Communications - Elaine
Cortes Island residents will find the recently approved Bylaw No. 328 First Responder Service and Bylaw No. 341 Cortes Island Hall Tax Service included in the 2020-2024 Strathcona Regional District (SRD) financial plan.

During the Regional Board meeting of December 5th, the SRD Board authorized staff to commence negotiations with the Whaletown Community Club and the Southern Cortes Community Association regarding contractual arrangements for funding core operating expenses for community hall facilities. The Board also authorized staff to commence negotiations with the Cortes Island Fire Fighters Association regarding a contract to provide a first responder service.

Throughout the month of October, Cortes Island electors had the opportunity to vote on both Bylaws. Official results were declared October 30, 2019 and 83% of 550 electors voted in favour to authorize the SRD to annually requisition not more than $45,000 (or $0.1443 per 1,000 of property assessment) through taxation of real property within Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) for the purpose of training, equipping and deploying personnel to provide first aid during medical emergencies until such time as those personnel have been relieved by ambulance paramedics.

75% of 549 electors voted to authorize the SRD to annually requisition not more than $80,000 (or $0.2405 per 1,000 of property assessment) through taxation of real property within Electoral Area B (Cortes Island) for the purpose of providing financial assistance to the Whaletown Community Club and the Southern Cortes Community Association for specified operational costs at the Whaletown Community Hall and the Mansons Landing Community Hall.

“The SRD Board is happy to now move forward and add these two services into our 2020-2024 financial plan” says Strathcona Regional District Chair Michele Babchuk. “Although this seemed to be a long time in the making, I am confident that the results of the assent voting are indisputable and are democratically and procedurally sound. I have no doubt that they will be services that will enhance Cortes Island.”

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 44,000 residents.

Media contact:
Tom Yates, Corporate Services Manager
Strathcona Regional District
250-830-6704 tyatessrd.ca