Following the close of the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) on January 17, 2019 the elector response results for the Denman Island Community Facilities initiative are now confirmed.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board received a report at their January 29, 2019 meeting confirming that the AAP passed which authorizes the CVRD to proceed with amending the Denman Community Hall service to expand its purpose to also provide funding for the Denman Activity Centre.
In this AAP those who did not support this change could submit an elector response form indicating their opposition. The number of eligible electors for this AAP was determined to be 926. The Corporate Officer has reported that only 1 elector response form was submitted by the deadline, well below the 10 percent threshold required to take the matter to a referendum.
“The CVRD sought approval of the electors for this initiative following a request from the Denman Island Seniors and Museum Society to help fund operational and capital requirements for both facilities,” said CVRD Electoral Area A Director Daniel Arbour. “The response shows strong community support for this enhancement to the service.”
At the January 29 meeting, the board subsequently adopted the bylaw amendment for the service. The bylaw also increases the maximum amount of taxes that could be collected from property owners to deliver the service. The previous maximum requisition was equivalent to $62.41 for a residential property assessed at $400,000 whereas the new maximum requisition is equivalent to $78.01 for the same property. This does not mean that taxes for this service will increase to the maximum available as financial plans are adopted annually based on the service needs at the time. Rather, this change creates the flexibility for the service to respond to public expectations and demands.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Jake Martens, Legislative Services Manager