In response to a request from the Denman Island Seniors and Museum Society, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors considered an amendment to Bylaw No. 564 being “Denman Island Community Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw, 1992” to amend the Denman Island Community Hall Service to provide funding for the Community Hall and Denman Activities Centre and increase the maximum requisition.
As amending the service establishment bylaw requires elector approval, the CVRD directly engaged citizens about the proposed bylaw through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP). The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has approved use of an AAP for this process, which is less expensive than undertaking a referendum.
At its October 2, 2018 meeting, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors proposed to adopt Bylaw No. 564 “Denman Island Community Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw, 1992, Amendment No. 2” that would amend the Denman Island Community Hall Service by:
- Expanding the purpose to provide operational and capital funding for the Community Hall and Denman Activities Centre; and
- Increasing the maximum requisition from the greater of $14,620 or $0.16 per $1000 of assessed value to the greater of $75,508 or $0.20 per $1000 of assessed value.
In general terms, the bylaw change would authorize the CVRD to provide funding to help support the operations and capital requirements of the Denman Island Community Hall and the Denman Activities Centre. The bylaw would also increase the maximum amount of taxes that could be collected from property owners to deliver the service.
The current maximum requisition is equivalent to $62.41 for a residential property assessed at $400,000 whereas the proposed maximum requisition would be 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.
Further information may be obtained from the following reports regarding this matter: