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Pool Referendum Approaches

A big commitment on proposed upgrades to the Sam Ketcham Pool does not mean the project has been approved.

Joan Sorley, Electoral Director of Area F with the District, reminds voters that although West Fraser recently committed $500,000 towards the project, voters will have the final say if the project proceeds on November 15.

“This is really good news and we’re really excited that West Fraser has made this offer but it’s still the people who live this area, who decide if we are able to proceed with this…It’s a big project.”

Sorley sheds some light on which areas are eligible to vote.

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“Whether or not you live in the City of Williams Lake, everyone pays the same tax-rate towards the Cariboo Memorial Complex and therefore the recreation service boundary…People within the City of Williams Lake and people who live around the fringe in areas D, E, and F.”

The proposed upgrades to the Sam Ketcham have a price tag of 11.3 million dollars, with the CRD seeking the authority to borrow up 10 million dollars over the next 20 years.

If the referendum on the Sam Ketcham Pool is approved, the 11.3 million dollar project will cost residential taxpayers forty dollars per 100,000 dollars on property taxes.

If the referendum fails meanwhile, the main pool tank will still be replaced at an estimated cost of two million dollars.

Further information on the Referendum can be found on the Sam Ketcham Pool Facebook page.

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