The residents of Saltair are a week away from an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) decision by which they can register a negative vote on the proposed borrowing for the new water treatment system for Saltair.
There are a couple of pieces of information that some of our neighbours may have missed that we would like to bring to their attention.
The first is that New B.C. legislation in 2005 mandated that community’s surface water supply had to comply with new water safety rules. The Cowichan Valley Regional District did not address the problem and finally, when the permit for the current system was reissued by Island Health in 2015, it stipulated that the CVRD complete the legislated compliance by 2018. They did not and as a result Island Health issued a Contravention Order – finish the upgrades by August 2022 or be subject to penalties.
The second is that the debt incurred (plus interest) for the project plus the added annual operating costs will increase the property taxes of every Saltair property by almost $500. Currently the CVRD total water charges are $760 annually. The two assessments together will bring the total tax burden for water alone to about $1,200 annually.
The CVRD has made a grant application for the construction of the filtration system. But as of this date we have not heard about the results of this application.
The Island Health Authority may override resident consultation (AAP) and force the issue. If you are a Saltair resident and wish to register a negative vote on the borrowing you must sign the Elector Response Form Bylaw No. 4328. This form can be found at either www.cvrd.ca or www.sunnysaltair.ca.
The Elector Response Form, Bylaw 4328, must be returned to the CVRD offices, located at 175 Ingram St., Duncan, V9L 1N8 no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. If you agree with the CVRD Saltair water system service loan you need do nothing.
on behalf of the Saltair District Ratepayers Association (SDRA)