South Cariboo Voters Say No To Rec Centre Expansion

By CKPGToday
June 12, 2018 - 3:15pm

100 MILE HOUSE - The results from the referendum on Saturday came with 74 percent of residents saying no to the proposed $14.6 million expansion of the South Cariboo Recreation Centre.

"I am pleased with the voter turnout for the referendum and glad that the result was definitive. We wanted the public have their say on this project and the direction is very clear," states project working group Co-Chair and District of 100 Mile House councillor, Ralph Fossum.

Following that, a resolution was passed by the South Cariboo Joint Committee to evaluate and discuss the next steps for recreation projects in the 2019 business planning process this fall.

"We know the question on everyone's mind now is 'what next,'" says Margo Wagner, working group Co-Chair and CRD Chair. "We on the South Cariboo Joint Committee feel we need to take a strategic look at our recreation priorities in the South Cariboo. With an election coming up this October, it makes sense to have this discussion as part of our business planning process in the fall after the election."

The vote was to determine whether to allow the CRD to borrow $10 million towards the expansion project. That would've resulted in a residential tax rate increase of about $65 per $100,000 on the assessed value of land and improvements. 

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