Wasa Recreation Contribution Service

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The RDEK has been requested to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground.

At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers of the Wasa & District Lions Club and the Wasa Recreation Society. The two organizations are concerned that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable. The establishment of a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities.

When the RDEK is approached about the creation of a new service, we look to the proponents to provide an indication of community support for the concept prior to the RDEK staff being directed by the Board to undertake the research required to present the concept to the community.

Over the past few months, the Wasa Recreation Society and the Wasa & District Lions Club have been reaching out to gauge support for the creation of a new service. This was part of their independent and informal effort to be able to demonstrate to the Regional District Board that there was some wider support for their request to investigate what a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service could look like.

Once the Board provides direction to RDEK staff to undertake the work to investigate a new service, there are several pieces of information that staff must compile prior to taking the concept to the community. These include:

  • What would the service look like?
  • What area would the service cover / who will be affected by this proposal?
  • How much would it cost?
  • How will the community decide whether or not it supports the proposed service?

This part of the process involves the Board providing formal direction, investigation with the Ministry around what the service would look like, the introduction of a service establishment bylaw so that the parameters around the proposed service are clearly defined, a determination of taxation limits so that residents would know how much the potential service would cost, and a decision by the RDEK Board around which of the three elector assent processes will be used to determine whether there is community assent to proceed with formally establishing a service.

In July, the RDEK Board directed staff to begin the service establishment process and at its September Board Meeting, determined the Elector Assent process would be done by Alternative Approval and gave the first reading to the required service establishment bylaw so that the public consultation can begin.

These steps DO NOT mean a service is being established. They are required in order for staff to be able to gather the information to answer the four bulleted points above and provide the community with all of the information it needs in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a service should proceed.

GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SERVICE:

An information package has been mailed out to all property owners. It is posted on this page in the Key Documents section, and all other information related to this proposal will be included on this page.

ELECTOR ASSENT PROCESS:

The Alternative Approval Process will be used to seek the approval of the community for the proposed service. To learn more about this process, click on the link in the Documents section or download the Information Package.

  • Elector Response Forms will be available on October 7th - via request and on this project page
  • Elector Response Forms will be accepted by mail or in person at the RDEK's Cranbrook office between October 15, 2021 and 4:30pm November 17, 2021

If you have a question about the proposed service or the elector assent process, you can contact staff or your Area Director (contact details are on this page) or you can use the Q&A tool. The questions asked through the tool are answered on the same page - so it's a great way for everyone's questions and answers to be shared with the community.

The RDEK has been requested to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground.

At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers of the Wasa & District Lions Club and the Wasa Recreation Society. The two organizations are concerned that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable. The establishment of a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities.

When the RDEK is approached about the creation of a new service, we look to the proponents to provide an indication of community support for the concept prior to the RDEK staff being directed by the Board to undertake the research required to present the concept to the community.

Over the past few months, the Wasa Recreation Society and the Wasa & District Lions Club have been reaching out to gauge support for the creation of a new service. This was part of their independent and informal effort to be able to demonstrate to the Regional District Board that there was some wider support for their request to investigate what a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service could look like.

Once the Board provides direction to RDEK staff to undertake the work to investigate a new service, there are several pieces of information that staff must compile prior to taking the concept to the community. These include:

  • What would the service look like?
  • What area would the service cover / who will be affected by this proposal?
  • How much would it cost?
  • How will the community decide whether or not it supports the proposed service?

This part of the process involves the Board providing formal direction, investigation with the Ministry around what the service would look like, the introduction of a service establishment bylaw so that the parameters around the proposed service are clearly defined, a determination of taxation limits so that residents would know how much the potential service would cost, and a decision by the RDEK Board around which of the three elector assent processes will be used to determine whether there is community assent to proceed with formally establishing a service.

In July, the RDEK Board directed staff to begin the service establishment process and at its September Board Meeting, determined the Elector Assent process would be done by Alternative Approval and gave the first reading to the required service establishment bylaw so that the public consultation can begin.

These steps DO NOT mean a service is being established. They are required in order for staff to be able to gather the information to answer the four bulleted points above and provide the community with all of the information it needs in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a service should proceed.

GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SERVICE:

An information package has been mailed out to all property owners. It is posted on this page in the Key Documents section, and all other information related to this proposal will be included on this page.

ELECTOR ASSENT PROCESS:

The Alternative Approval Process will be used to seek the approval of the community for the proposed service. To learn more about this process, click on the link in the Documents section or download the Information Package.

  • Elector Response Forms will be available on October 7th - via request and on this project page
  • Elector Response Forms will be accepted by mail or in person at the RDEK's Cranbrook office between October 15, 2021 and 4:30pm November 17, 2021

If you have a question about the proposed service or the elector assent process, you can contact staff or your Area Director (contact details are on this page) or you can use the Q&A tool. The questions asked through the tool are answered on the same page - so it's a great way for everyone's questions and answers to be shared with the community.

Q&A

If you have a question about the proposed service, we'd love to hear from you.  We will try to have all questions answered within two business days; however, there are times when the timing may be longer or shorter.

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    Your documentation shows the tax could NOT exceed $45/parcel. We all know that's never going to be true! It might stay at $45/parcel but not for years as your literature seems to indicate. When was the last time ANY tax went down instead of up! I already pay the mosquito program tax and it does me NO GOOD due to the location of Bummers Flats!

    L asked 12 days ago

    The parcel tax for 2022 is expected to be the full $45 to pay for the cost of the service establishment process and the administrative cost to get the service set up for budget and taxation. 

    After that, the parcel tax is expected to drop to $33.55 in 2023 because the administrative costs will be much lower and the biggest budget increase will be mostly due to the inflationary adjustment to the operating grants.  

    From 2024 on, the parcel tax is expected to increase by around 70 cents per year and it would take roughly 16 years to reach the $45 level again.  The estimates have not projected growth within the service area.  Any new taxable parcels added will help mitigate the impact of the inflationary increases.  

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    Is there a listing of the properties which would be subject to the WRCS tax? We would like to check whether or not our property is concerned, as it is difficult to tell according to the Proposed Service Area Map.

    M. Delorme asked 12 days ago

    Please contact Tina Hlushak at thlushak@rdek.bc.ca or Nikki Bradshaw at nbradshaw@rdek.bc.ca to find out if your specific property is within the proposed service area.  They can also be reached by phone at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335.

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    Why is this not a user maintained service?? Many people locally do not use these services and we should not be paying for others to be able to play for free!! If I wanted to play ball in Cranbrook or Kimberley I would be paying their fees....as it should be out here as well.

    Enough hands in my pocket! asked 12 days ago

    These are community facilities that are currently being maintained and operated based on volunteer fundraising, which is no longer sustainable.  The RDEK is being asked to contribute to the operations and maintenance to ensure these community assets can continue to be available, much like how the parks, tennis courts and arenas within a municipality are operated and maintained by the municipality with tax revenue.  

    User fees collected by groups, such as a local ball association, often contribute to the operation of those associations and clubs, and may contribute to the infrastructure, but there would usually be a portion funded through taxation. 

    The intention of this service proposal is to seek direction from the community on whether they wish to support these community assets in a more formal way, or continue to rely on volunteers to ensure these community spaces remain available and usable.

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    Why are all areas of Skookumchuck included when very few if any of this area does not use the services when Reas like Lazy lake that are much closer are not? Also this is a service provision not like mosquito control. Extra land does not use more service making it very expensive for one family versus another. Just because you have three parcels of land doesn’t mean you can use three times the service.

    .? asked 24 days ago

    The proposed service area was determined by the Area Director as a fair representation of residents benefiting from the recreation facilities.  

    The RDEK has the option to tax for the Service based on property assessment value (property value tax) or a flat rate per parcel (parcel tax).  The proposal being presented is to tax for the Service using a parcel tax.  This will distribute the cost of the Service in a more equitable manner among property owners so that each owner is paying the same amount for the operating and maintenance costs of Wasa Recreation.  If a property value tax was used, some owners would pay much less and some would pay much more.  It was decided that a property value tax does not reflect the actual usage of Wasa Recreation by a property owner.  There is no perfect taxation method.  It is true, that owners that have multiple properties will pay the tax on each property.  

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