Council endorses Area A Referendum for select shared services Print Article Font Size
Council Endorses Area A Referendum for Select Shared Services; Supports Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study; Tables Whitetooth Legacy Fund Discussions
At its Special Open Council Meeting held on May 23, 2018, the Town of Golden Council provided recommendations to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Board respecting  two specific items of interest to Golden residents and the Area A community.
The Partnered Services Delivery Review Committee, made up of Golden and CSRD Area A representatives, has worked for the past 18 months to find common ground for financial support by Area A to help  fund the operating costs of the Golden Civic Centre, the Golden Municipal Swimming Pool, the Golden Seniors’ Centre and the Mount 7 Rec Plex. Currently these facilities are funded solely through taxation of Golden municipal taxpayers yet used by both town and an increasing number of rural residents.
The committee had unanimously recommended that Council adopt its recommendations and indicate support for the Board of the CSRD to hold a referendum as part of the 2018 general local election process in October, 2018, to seek assent of Area A electors to be annually requisitioned the equivalent of 20% of the annual aggregate operating costs of the four facilities – a total amount at this time estimated to be under $100,000 per year.
Council voted unanimously in favour of the recommendation, recognizing that financial support from Area A residents will be critical in maintaining levels of service, and to plan for future costs of the four facilities.
Secondly, Council was asked to provide concurrence with the CSRD Board in executing a study to examine the feasibility of an indoor aquatic centre in Golden. Council chose to guardedly provide support in principle for the initiative, conceding to the CSRD it did not need the concurrence of the Town to do so.
Residents can expect further announcements and information for both the referendum and feasibility study from the CSRD once these initiatives and their processes are begun.  The Town will continue to be a partner with our Area A neighbours and work to keep the community informed and aligned with the CSRD as it moves these processes forward.
Finally, Council resolved that its future members (given there is an election this October) return to discussions surrounding the Whitetooth Legacy Fund prior to the end of this calendar year.