There is a single assent vote (referendum) being conducted in conjunction with the 2022 Local Government Elections. It is in regards to the proposed development of a new indoor aquatics centre in Golden to replace the aging outdoor pool. Only residents of Electoral Area A and Golden can vote in this referendum because they are the only areas where taxpayers will be contributing for the new facility. See our Voter Information page for eligibility requirements.
The assent vote is planned in conjunction with the Local Government Elections on October 15, 2022.
Assent Vote Question
At the June 16, 2022 Regular Meeting, the CSRD Board approved the question for the upcoming voter assent process as:
“Are you in favour of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District adopting Golden and Area Aquatic Centre Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5849, 2022, which will permit the Regional District to borrow up to $18 million over a 30-year term to be utilized towards the capital cost to construct an indoor aquatic centre as an addition to the existing Golden and District Recreation Centre?”
The wording of the question and the associated loan authorization bylaw must be approved by the BC Inspector of Municipalities before it can be officially included on the ballot. The CSRD is awaiting that approval.
What is the project?
The proposed Indoor Aquatic Centre facility would include a six-lane 25m lap pool, a separated leisure pool, lazy river, tots’ area, hot tub, sauna, steam room, multi-purpose room and a large lobby space intended as a community hub. The estimated cost of the facility is $35 million, with a $17 fundraising campaign underway. The referendum will seek approval of the electors for the remaining $18 million.
More detailed project information can be found on the Golden On Deck website.
What will it cost?
The average annual costs to residential taxpayers in Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden are estimated at approximately $200 per year based on the $18 million loan. This would be a rate of approximately $0.50 to $0.60 per thousand of assessed land and improvements.
Once approval is received for the Province, the CSRD will move forward with additional communication about the financial implications to taxpayers in both Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden.