Referendum results from Saturday’s vote in Nanoose Bay and Deep Bay/Bowser

Voting for candidates wasn't the only thing on the ballot

Residents of the Nanoose Bay Water Service Area voted an overwhelming “yes” to borrowing $2.6 million for upgrades.

According to the RDN’s Randy Alexander, the money will go towards “maintenance replacement projects” targeting aging asbestos cement water mains and pump house upgrades.

The referendum question was tagged onto Saturday’s election and 917 people voted in favour while 223 voted against it.

Alexander, RDN general manager of regional and community utility, explains the project represents the first five years of a 15-year capital plan to upgrade the Nanoose Bay Peninsula water system. He said this is independent of the Englishmen River Water Service.

The full amount of the increase to parcel taxes over the next five years will be approximately $95 and the cost will be shared between Nanoose Bay Water Service Area property owners. The borrowing will occur as needed between 2015 and 2019.

For more information contact the Regional District of Nanaimo Water Services Department at 250-390-6560.

Meanwhile, Deep Bay/Bowser (area H) residents also voted “yes” to establishing the Northern Community Marine Search and Rescue Contribution Service which will annually requisition $5,000 or $0.006/$1,000 of taxable land value.

For all the election results and stories published in Tuesday’s edition of The NEWS, visit www.pqbnews.com.

— NEWS Staff