(PQB News file photo)

(PQB News file photo)

Open houses to give residents chance to provide input on Ravesong Aquatic Centre funding model

Proposed changes also calls for inclusion of Area E community

The Regional District of Nanaimo is currently reviewing proposed changes to the Ravensong Aquatic Services funding model and also to include Area E (Nanoose Bay) into the service.

Most Nanoose Bay-area residents have not been paying taxes to the service since the pool was built in 1995 and there are some who are not keen on contributing to a pool they don’t use.

The Area E community is given the chance to provide feedback on the proposal to make them a participating area. They are also able to give their input on the proposed change to the funding model to one-third assessment, one-third usage and one-third population-based from its current funding model of one-half usage and one-half assessment.

That would mean homeowners would be required to pay taxes of $8.32 for every $100,000 of the assessed value of their home.

READ MORE: Nanoose Bay residents not keen on paying for Ravensong pool services

The RDN has scheduled a number of in-person and virtual open houses to provide Area E along with the the other participating areas — the City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and Electoral Areas F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood), G (French Creek, San Pareil, Little Qualicum, Englishman River) and F (Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay) — an opportunity to learn more about the proposed District 69 Swimming Pool Service Establishment Bylaw No. 899, 1993.

The upcoming meetings in the new year that residents can attend are:

• Jan. 4, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Nanoose Place

• Jan. 5, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd., Coombs

• Jan. 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Virtual: Via ZOOM

• Jan. 18, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at BGC Parksville Child & Family Centre, Lobby, 132 Jensen Ave.E., Parksville

For those who can’t attend the in-person open houses, they can attend the virtual open house to be held Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit getinvolved.rdn.ca/pool-bylaw for the links to the Zoom meetings.

— NEWS Staff

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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