NOTICE TO ELECTORS
In the TEXADA MEDICAL CLINIC SERVICE AREA

 Alternate Approval Process for the Texada Medical Clinic Building Upgrades

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, the Powell River Regional District proposes to enter into an agreement with Municipal Finance Authority, to borrow funds for building upgrades for the Texada Medical Clinic over a period of 20 years.

The building upgrades are to remove and replace the existing floor and will include upgrades to the laboratory room (remove some gyproc and plywood cabinets, install storage shelves, supply and install new cabinets, counter tops, wash sinks and applicable plumbing).

The full value of the upgrades is $307,321plus taxes. The Regional District proposes to finance $225,278 of this total for the upgrades by borrowing for 20-years.

Estimated annual loan payments for the 20-year term will be $14,724. A copy of Bylaw No. 512 is enclosed with this information for reference.

TAX IMPACTS
The proposed borrowing period is 20 years. This expense will result in a tax increase on Residential class properties of approximately $5.68 per $100,000 net taxable value, based on 2017 Converted Completed Roll Values of $25,935,542 for the Texada Medical Clinic. This does not preclude some tax increases for other Texada Medical Clinic expenses.

Because the proposed borrowing agreement is for more than five years, the Regional District must obtain the approval of the electors in the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area in accordance with the Alternate Approval Process set out in the Community Charter. Under this process, any eligible elector within the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area who objects to the proposed borrowing agreement may register her/his objection by signing an Elector Response Form and returning it before the Monday, May 29, 2017 deadline, as set out below.

AREA TO WHICH THE ALTERNATE APPROVAL PROCESS APPLIES
The Texada Medical Clinic Service Area includes all of Electoral Area D, Texada Island.

ELECTOR RESPONSE FORMS

  • Electors wishing to OPPOSE the proposed 20-year borrowing agreement must use the Elector Response Form supplied by the Powell River Regional District.
  • Copies are available at the Regional District Office [address provided below].
  • Only one signature is permitted on each form.
  • It is permissible to make copies of the Elector Response Form to distribute to other electors, provided the form is copied prior to being signed so that only forms with original signatures are submitted.
  • Only eligible resident and non-resident property electors within the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area are entitled to sign an Elector Response Form.

Electors who AGREE with the proposed borrowing should NOT sign an Elector Response Form.

Deadline for Receiving Forms
Elector Response Forms may be submitted in person or by mail to the Corporate Officer, Powell River Regional District, #202 – 4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 2L2, and MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE REGIONAL DISTRICT OFFICE NO LATER THAN 4:30 PM, MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017.

  • Postmarks WILL NOT be accepted as date of submission.
  • Forms MAY NOT be submitted by fax or email.

DETERMINATION OF RESULTS
If, after the deadline, the Regional District Corporate Officer certifies that Elector Response Forms have been signed by less than 10% of the eligible electors in the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area, the Regional District Board may proceed with the borrowing agreement as proposed above.

If, after the deadline, the Regional District Corporate Officer certifies that Elector Response Forms have been signed by at least 10% of the eligible electors in the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area, the Regional District Board may not proceed with the borrowing agreement unless it receives elector approval through a voting procedure, i.e., referendum.

For the purposes of this alternate approval process, 111 elector responses must be received by the deadline of 4:30 pm on Monday, May 29, 2017 in order to prevent the Regional District from proceeding with the 20-year loan without first receiving the assent of the electors by voting.

ELIGIBLE ELECTORS
An eligible resident elector for the purpose of this Alternative Approval Process is a resident who meets all of the following criteria:

  • is age eighteen or older;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • has been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • has been a resident of the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area, for at least thirty days; and,
  • is not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act or any other act.

A non-resident property elector who meets all of the following criteria is also an eligible elector:

  • is not a resident of the Texada Medical Clinic Service Area;
  • is age eighteen or older;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • has been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • has been a registered owner of real property within the Texada Medical Clinic Area, for at least thirty days; and,
  • is not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act or any other act.

NOTE: In the case of multiple owners of a parcel, only one of the owners may vote as the non-resident property elector for that parcel with the authorization of a majority of the owners. Properties owned in full or in part by corporations are not entitled to vote.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • Call Linda Greenan, Manager of Financial Services
  • Call Brenda Paquin, Manager of Administrative Services

Powell River Regional District Office, #202 – 4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 2L2
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, except statutory holidays
Phone (604) 485-2260 E-mail: administration@powellriverrd.bc.ca