Referendum and Alternative Approval Process

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CURRENT REFERENDUM: Apex Fire Protection Service

The Apex Fire Brigade currently provides fires services to the mountain community and has formally approached the Regional District to create a Regional District fire protection service, to be administered in the same way as existing Regional District fire departments.

The project proposes residents of Apex authorize the RDOS to establish a service for the provision of fire protection and borrow up to $3,000,000 in funds to purchase a fire truck, equipment, and acquire land to construct a fire hall.

Please check the column on the right for documents and links.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Please ensure you have all required forms completed when you vote (in-person or via mail ballot).

Declaration and consent forms for non-resident property owners are available in the column on the right. Examples of "proof that you are entitled to register in relation to this property" include BC assessment or tax notice.

You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name.

You are also not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

Corporations are not eligible to vote; however, tenants who meet the criteria for resident elector may be eligible to vote.

Information
For specific questions or concerns about current initiatives, please contact Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services or call 250-492-0237.

Referendum and Alternative Approval Process overview

Referendum
Assent voting (or referendum) allows electors to vote on whether a proposal would move forward or not. Assent of the electors is obtained if a majority of the votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question. Assent voting is conducted under the rules that generally apply to local elections.

For certain matters, local governments are required to obtain approval of the electors or participating area approval before the municipal council or regional district board may proceed with its decision. Assent voting can be used as both a form of approval of the electors and participating area approval.

Assent voting is conducted in a similar manner to local government elections and can either be done at the same time as a general local election or by-election or on its own as a stand-alone vote.

Alternative Approval Process
The alternative approval process (AAP) is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. An AAP enables local governments to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw intended to undertake long-term borrowing, a boundary extension, establish a new regional district service or other matter requiring elector approval.

The alternative approval process requires that 10 percent or more of the eligible electors must sign and submit response forms in opposition to the proposed initiative to require the local government to obtain assent of the electors in order to proceed. When this happens the issue is considered significant and the local government has two choices. They may proceed to assent voting within 80 days, or they may put the matter on hold and consider alternatives to the proposed action.

Please check the column on the right to view AAP archive folders.



CURRENT REFERENDUM: Apex Fire Protection Service

The Apex Fire Brigade currently provides fires services to the mountain community and has formally approached the Regional District to create a Regional District fire protection service, to be administered in the same way as existing Regional District fire departments.

The project proposes residents of Apex authorize the RDOS to establish a service for the provision of fire protection and borrow up to $3,000,000 in funds to purchase a fire truck, equipment, and acquire land to construct a fire hall.

Please check the column on the right for documents and links.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Please ensure you have all required forms completed when you vote (in-person or via mail ballot).

Declaration and consent forms for non-resident property owners are available in the column on the right. Examples of "proof that you are entitled to register in relation to this property" include BC assessment or tax notice.

You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name.

You are also not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

Corporations are not eligible to vote; however, tenants who meet the criteria for resident elector may be eligible to vote.

Information
For specific questions or concerns about current initiatives, please contact Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services or call 250-492-0237.

Referendum and Alternative Approval Process overview

Referendum
Assent voting (or referendum) allows electors to vote on whether a proposal would move forward or not. Assent of the electors is obtained if a majority of the votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question. Assent voting is conducted under the rules that generally apply to local elections.

For certain matters, local governments are required to obtain approval of the electors or participating area approval before the municipal council or regional district board may proceed with its decision. Assent voting can be used as both a form of approval of the electors and participating area approval.

Assent voting is conducted in a similar manner to local government elections and can either be done at the same time as a general local election or by-election or on its own as a stand-alone vote.

Alternative Approval Process
The alternative approval process (AAP) is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. An AAP enables local governments to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw intended to undertake long-term borrowing, a boundary extension, establish a new regional district service or other matter requiring elector approval.

The alternative approval process requires that 10 percent or more of the eligible electors must sign and submit response forms in opposition to the proposed initiative to require the local government to obtain assent of the electors in order to proceed. When this happens the issue is considered significant and the local government has two choices. They may proceed to assent voting within 80 days, or they may put the matter on hold and consider alternatives to the proposed action.

Please check the column on the right to view AAP archive folders.



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    1. I have been informed there is a "Collection Fee" of 5.25% - $19,104 charged by the Province for a tax requisition and that fee has been included in the Apex Fire Service requisition amount. Is this collection fee charged annually by the Province and therefore an annual cost of the fire service? 2. The Fire operating budget includes "Admin Charges - RDOS" of $10,000. Is this admin fee charged annually by the Regional District? Is the RDOS administration fee a fixed amount or does in vary annually?

    Gary Denton asked 5 days ago

    The Provincial collection fee is a yearly charge. The RDOS administration fee is not fixed as it is based on the net operational budget less debt servicing and transfers to reserves.

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    In a previous submission I asked where I could find the proposed operating budget for the Fire Service for the first 5 years. I was directed to the column on the right. This operating budget is for one year and was only posted today as a result of my inquiry. In this operating budget there is a line item for Interest Payment of $67,200 and Principal Payment of $96,689. How were these two amounts calculated?

    Gary Denton asked 5 days ago

    All local governments must borrow from the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA). Using the MFA interest rate for 25 years, the RDOS calculated the interest and principal payments over the 25 years.

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    The Establishment Bylaw No. 2920, 2020 states in part: "The maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the service shall not exceed $390,000 or $2.65 per $1000 net taxable value of land and improvements..." Should operating expenses of the fire service increase faster than the taxable values during the 25 year term, how will the fire service continue to fund its operating costs?

    Gary Denton asked 5 days ago

    The RDOS has seven fire departments. Each fire department has a tax limit, with assessment and non-market growths this has not been an issue.  

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    Can you provide a summary of the anticipated annual costs for the fire department proposal only, broken down by property values? I.E.: Property Value from $150,000 to $200,000, Cost would be: $XXX. $201,000 to $250,000, Cost would be $YYY Etc.

    Bob Harvey asked 4 days ago

    Please see the column on the right: Apex Fire Department Tax Requisition

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    In a previous submission I asked what the interest rate would be on the loan if this referendum where approved on March 27th. What is the interest rate on the loan and was this rate used to calculate the debt servicing costs shown on your Fact Sheet?

    Gary Denton asked 5 days ago

    The RDOS is using 2.24% however, the Manager of Finance considers this a worst case scenario and is hoping to obtain a better rate. 




     

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    The Fact Sheet for this Referendum includes a debt servicing cost. Will this cost be fixed for the 25 year term of the loan? If this referendum were to be approved on the March 27th vote, what would the interest rate be on the loan used to calculate the cost of debt servicing?

    Gary Denton asked 5 days ago

    The payback term is 25 years. The interest rate will be locked in for 10 years at which time a new rate will be negotiated.

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    Where can I find the proposed operating budget for the Fire Service for the first 5 years?

    Gary Denton asked 7 days ago

    Please see the column on the right: Apex Proposed 2022 Operating Budget

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    I have a property at Apex Resort and its asset value is 465,000 what will this cost me I have spoken with my present insurance company and need to compare cost vs savings

    stephenlaprairie asked 7 days ago

    Using 2021 assessment values a residential property tax for property valued at $465,000 would be $1,004.98.

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    It is stated in the Fact Sheet that corporations are not eligible to vote. It is stated in the Draft Establishment Bylaw BL2920 6.1. the tax requisition is based "on residential class". Will all property folios within the service area boundaries, regardless of class of assessment (commercial, industrial, residential), be subject to this tax requisition?

    Gary Denton asked 7 days ago

    All properties will be subject to the property tax, the rate will be higher for the business classes.

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    Everyone is focusing on tax increases but no one is focusing in on the real cost. The cost to the entire community and the viability of the ski hill itself if no one is able to get insurance.

    Mike Polywkan asked 10 days ago

    It is recommended that property owners consult their insurance providers. This will help determine the potential impact on annual insurance rates and possible reductions based on a fire protection service for the community.