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October Referendum Planned for New Recreation Funding Model

The October 15th municipal election in the Cowichan Valley will include a referendum on a new funding model for regional recreation facility use.

You can take a look at the usage-based funding model online.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District and valley municipalities did a study of the issue with the goal of improving regional recreation services in general.

The CVRD Board has adopted a preferred funding model and residents will get to vote on it during the fall civic elections.

For example, under the current system, only a few jurisdictions pay for the Cowichan Community Centre, but residents from all jurisdictions in the area can use it.

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The new funding model would have each jurisdiction pay an amount based on its use of the facility.

It’s hoped this will resolve many long-standing issues and provide certainty for fair funding.

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