On October 20, 2018 qualified electors on South Galiano Island voted on the following question:
Are you in favour of the Capital Regional District Board adopting both of the following bylaws?
Bylaw No. 4240 "South Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 1993, Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2018" authorizing the Capital Regional District to increase the maximum annual requisition so that it will be the greater of FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($470,000) or $1.157 per ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000) of net taxable assessed value of land and improvements for the purposes of funding the annual costs for the service, including operating costs and costs to design and construct a new fire hall on south Galiano Island and permit the recovery of annual costs for the service by way of a parcel tax in addition to the current requisition; and
Bylaw No. 4239 "South Galiano Island Fire Hall Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1, 2018" authorizing the Capital Regional District to borrow an amount not to exceed TWO MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,400,000) for the purpose of designing and constructing a fire hall on south Galiano Island.
Official Voting Results
On June 13, 2018, the Board gave three readings to Bylaws No. 4239 and 4240 which propose a loan authorization and service establishment bylaw amendment in order to construct and operate a new fire hall on South Galiano Island.
The Local Government Act requires that elector approval be obtained in order to proceed with the loan authorization bylaw and the amendment to the service establishment bylaw. A question to obtain elector approval will be included on the South Galiano Island ballots during the October 2018 local general election, with advance voting opportunities on October 11th and 17th, general voting day on October 20th and mail ballots for those unable to vote on those dates due to absence, physical disability or illness.
Synopsis of Bylaws No. 4239 and 4240
New funding of $2.4-million is required to construct a fire hall on southern Galiano Island, to serve participants in the South Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Establishment service area. The purpose of Bylaw No. 4239, “South Galiano Island Fire Hall Loan Authorization Bylaw No.1, 2018”, is to authorize the borrowing of these funds.
Bylaw No. 4240, “South Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Establishment Bylaw No.1, 1993, Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2018”, amends the service establishment bylaw to allow recovery of construction costs of the fire hall and debt servicing of the loan by way of a parcel tax, in addition to an annual requisition for operating costs. The maximum amount which may be collected annually is four hundred seventy thousand dollars ($470,000) or $1.157 per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of net taxable assessed value of land and improvements in the service area. It is estimated that the participants will pay an additional $191.00 per average household.
The above is a synopsis of the proposed bylaws and is not intended to be or understood as an interpretation of the bylaws.