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SCC Nightmare for Saltair Taxpayers?

CVRD Staff Report “Total estimated investment over 10 years is $3,074,593, of which $737,436 is recommended to be invested immediately”

The CVRD hired McCuaig Engineering & Associates to perform a Conditional Assessment on the Saltair Community Centre/Former Mt. Brenton School.  Two reports were presented at the EASC 16 Aug 2017 meeting.” Attachment A – Facility Condition Assessment Saltair Community Centre & Attachment B – Building Envelope Condition Assessment for Gymnasium” (See McCuaig Report 170721 and McCuaig Gymnasium Report 170721 ).

The McCuaig Reports also indicated that further professional assessments were required for electrical, plumbing, venting, sewer, seismic and other assessments.  These assessment costs were not all included in the $3M, bringing the $3M to $3M PLUS.

Saltair taxpayers stepped forward in 2012 to increase taxation for the aging Saltair Water System to cover $4.5M over 15 years for approx 1/3 of the required upgrades to the distribution system.

VIHA has mandated that the Saltair Water System requires a filtration system and based on the CVRD study in 2016 this cost is approx $5M.

All Saltair residents/taxpayers benefit from safe drinking water and have stated safe water is their #1 priority.

As Saltair taxpayers we have been paying the loans for the CVRD Board purchase of the Former Mt. Brenton School & property in Aug 2014. There have been many promises that the community would have a say in the building after the purchase.  The building has been owned for three years and we are still looking for the say and/or community benefit.

When will the CVRD Board/EASC allow the Saltair taxpayers to have a democratic say about where our tax dollars are to be spent (i.e., what we as Saltair taxpayers are willing to support with our tax or grant dollars)?

There are many questions going around the Saltair community.

  • Are Saltair taxpayers willing to increase their taxation for the $3M Plus renewal of the Former Mt. Brenton School/Saltair Community Centre?
  • Is a community centre needed in Saltair at this time considering how close we are situated to all the amazing facilities and activies in Chemainus & Ladysmith?
  • Saltair taxpayers already pay taxation dollars into the Frank Jameson Community Centre in Ladysmith
  • What are the Saltair taxpayers options?
  • When will the CVRD STOP doing assessments on the building and ask the taxpayers if we want to increase our taxation to support and renovate the current building they named the Saltair Community Centre?
  • The list of questions go on and on.

It is time that we as Saltair taxpayers stand up and put the FOCUS back on us the taxpayers of Saltair and how we want our taxation dollars spent in Saltair (i.e., what we are willing to increase our taxation for and what we are not willing to increase our taxation for?).

These are my personal comments. Lynne Smith – Saltair taxpayer

5 thoughts on “SCC Nightmare for Saltair Taxpayers?”

  1. My wife (Lillian) and I are fully supportive of the campaign to hold a referendum on the fate of the old Mt. Brenton School. We will vote for demolition of the old building. We would also support re-sale of the land with a suitable zoning so that taxpayers can recapture the money lost in this flagrant waste of taxpayer money.

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