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On September 17, 2016, eligible voters on Mount Washington will be asked the following question:

“Are you in favour of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) adopting the following bylaws: 

  1. Mount Washington Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw No. 433, 2016 [PDF - 283 KB], which will permit the CVRD to establish the Mount Washington fire protection service and provide fire protection to the Mount Washington resort community; and
     
  2. Mount Washington Fire Protection Service Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 434, 2016 [PDF - 108 KB], which will permit the CVRD to borrow an amount not to exceed $415,000 for the purpose of constructing and equipping a fire protection facility under Bylaw No. 433?”

YES OR NO

The Need

The Mount Washington resort community currently has no fire protection service. Since 2009, four structures on Mount Washington have been destroyed by fire. In 2015, the resort and concerned citizens requested the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) to consider establishing a fire protection service.

A local steering group and the CVRD conducted a detailed analysis of available fire protection service options. Based on this analysis, the CVRD is recommending a fire protection service with:

  • A defensive firefighting service provided by way of service agreement with a Comox Valley-based fire department.
  • Construction of a storage building/fire hall at Mount Washington, on land currently owned by the CVRD for this purpose.
  • The purchase of Mount Washington fire apparatus and equipment to be stored in the storage building/fire hall, and accessed by the contracted fire department.

A draft service establishment bylaw and a draft loan authorization bylaw have been developed to facilitate the creation of a Mount Washington fire protection service.

Synopsis of bylaws

  • Bylaw No. 433 being “Mount Washington Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw No. 433, 2016” would provide fire protection services to the Mount Washington resort community. The service area that is subject of this bylaw includes the Mount Washington resort community.

and

  • Bylaw No. 434 being “Mount Washington Fire Protection Service Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 434, 2016” would provide funds to assist with constructing and equipping a Mount Washington fire protection facility by borrowing $415,000 to be repaid over 10 years. The service area that is subject of this bylaw is the proposed Mount Washington fire protection service.

The Service Area established under Bylaw 433 is the area shown on the map below:

The synopsis of each of Bylaws 433 and 434 are intended to provide, in general terms, the intent of Bylaw Nos. 433 and 434 and are not to be understood as an interpretation of Bylaws Nos. 433 and 434. 

Costs

Costs are anticipated to be $1.02 per $1,000 of assessed value (land and improvements) based on a ten year debt repayment schedule. As this is an estimated cost, the maximum amount that can be collected includes some room for cost refinement and is $1.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. Using a residential unit assessed at $200,000, as an example, the estimated tax levy for the service, including a 10-year debt repayment schedule would be $204 per year, but the maximum limit is proposed to be set at $230. These amounts do not include the 5.25% fee that the provincial Surveyor of Taxes places on all rural taxes it collects on behalf of the CVRD.