The verdict is in with a (mostly) resounding YES. The referendum to borrow the funds to buy the golf course on Throup Rd has pass with strong support. The referendum was held on Saturday, APRIL May 30, and ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Overall in Sooke and the Juan de Fuca electoral area, over 80 per cent of the population supported the referendum question. The most notable opposition came from Port Renfrew, where only one single vote of the 34 cast was in favour.
Here’s are the preliminary regional results, as received from Juan de Fuca CRD Director Mike Hicks:
- Yes: 976 (82.2%)
- No: 211 (17.8%)
- Yes: (3%)
- No: 34
- Yes: 19 (83%)
- No: 4
- Yes: 65 (77%)
- No: 19
East Sooke (includes advanced voting)
- Yes: 243 (74%)
- No: 87
Sooke (includes advanced voting)
- Yes: 648 (91%)
- No: 67
Bylaw 4052 will now proceed to adoption at the May 11 CRD Board meeting.
Are you in favour of the proposal by SEAPARC (Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission) that the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board adopt Bylaw No. 4052, “Sooke and Electoral Area Recreation and Facilities Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1, 2016” authorizing the CRD to borrow an amount up to SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($750,000) for the purpose of purchasing the 23-acre 6518 Throup Road property for the future development and enhancement of recreation services for the residents of Sooke and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. YES or NO?
Sooke PocketNews readers had indicated support for the referendum, though not as strongly as the actual results.
Should SEAPARC borrow $750,000 to purchase the property on Throup Rd
- I'm voting Yes (58%, 62 Votes)
- I'm voting No (25%, 27 Votes)
- I need more info (15%, 16 Votes)
- I'm not voting (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 106
SEAPARC will be debt free this year with funding in place for construction of an exercise and weight room expansion in 2017. The negotiated sale price for 6518 Throup Road is $999,000. $250,000 will be transferred for the land purchase, with the remaining $750,000 to be funded by Bylaw 4052. The current tax rate is projected to fund the payment for the land and continue to build the reserves towards the facility’s exercise and weight room expansion.
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