LETTER: Vote Yes on June 23

LETTER: Vote Yes on June 23

Project supporter issues plea

There are many opinions about the upcoming referendum and proposed upgrades/enhancements to the Castlegar complex (known as Option B). With investments of this size, it is understandable to get emotionally involved.

Unfortunately, when emotions get high, the facts can be skewed and rumours can become more relevant than facts. Regardless of what is being said, make sure to visit the website www.myactivityhub.ca , but more importantly be sure you vote on June 23rd to make your voice heard! Decisions of this importance need your input.

So this is my short “reader friendly” analysis on what we’re going to get and what this will cost us, you and me.

What we are expected to get is: Fitness Area that includes a new expanded fitness room (cardio, stretching, weights), new fitness studio and storage (group classes), elevator and stair access to level 2. 2ND Arena that includes a regulation sized ice sheet, 150 spectator seats, team rooms, lobby extension to facilitate more leisure skating activities. Social Hub that includes a lobby expansion & upgrades, new reception, “Fireside” room, warm viewing area to arena, administration offices and multipurpose / party room. Indoor Track that includes a new indoor walking track. Pool upgrades that includes a new leisure pool with water features and beach entry, change room retrofit, universal change room, expansion & spray pad.

The estimated cost for this project is $32,370,000. The amount to be borrowed is $22 Million. Please note this is the maximum that can be asked, regardless of the final price of the project. Grant funding is estimated at $10.370 Million. Note that the project will not commence until the grant funding is secured and grants will not be distributed until voted yes. So vote yes, if you’d like this to go through.

The cost for Castlegar, Area I and J for the loan is $ 48.10 per $100K assessed value of your home. Basically $4 per month/ $100k assessed value (for example, If your house is $400 K, the cost is $192.40 annually).

These are the facts. However there is so much more to this than just these numbers. There are numerous direct and indirect spin-offs that will benefit this community for years to come. This is not only for our future, but our kids and grandkids as well.

Please come out on June 23rd and make your voice heard. And vote yes!

Bergen Price,

Castlegar