Pool costs estimated at $10-million

  • Mar. 11, 2011 4:00 p.m.

An all-islands swimming pool would cost around $10 million to build and half a million a year in operating costs. This is according to a quick estimate provided to Regional District representatives in preparation for the 2011 budget. Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha brought the information forward to councillors at their March 7 meeting. She said a breakdown in how tax dollars would pay for such a facility were also provided. Assuming islanders could get a 50 percent of the building costs through grant money, property owners would pay an extra $118 per $100,000 assessed value for operations and $133 per parcel for debt pay-down a year. With no grant, the parcel tax would double. “The costs are not to be taken lightly,” said Mayor Kulesha. She also added that the regional district is not seriously considering this possibility at this time, but wanted to have an idea of the possible costs. Councillor Leslie Johnson said she’d priorize recycling over a pool. “I’d like to see taxes go to waste management than a pool,” she said. The topic was discussed at the March 10 Moresby Island Management Committee meeting as well. Regional district representative Evan Putterill added that the RD board also talked about how it would decide where such a facility would be located. Committee member Emmy O’Gorman said that transportation subsidies for Moresby Islanders should be added to the costs if the facility is built on Graham Island. The ferry fare makes getting to the other side a deterrent.

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