RDCK seeks electoral approval for new library financial aid service in Electoral Area E

Nelson, BC:  The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will seek approval of the electors within Electoral Area E to establish the Electoral Area E Library Financial Aid Service Bylaw. If adopted, the bylaw will establish a financial aid service in Electoral Area E for the purpose of funding the Nelson Public Library. Approval will be sought through the Alternative Approval Process (AAP).

Currently, residents of Electoral Area E are required to pay a subscription fee of $90 per family or $45 per individual for a Nelson Public Library membership. If the new bylaw is approved, residents of Electoral Area E will receive free membership like residents of the City of Nelson, Electoral Area F, and defined portions of Electoral Area H.

“The Nelson Municipal Library is a valuable resource which provides members of our community access to a wide range of services, including an extensive library catalogue, opportunities for kids and teens to learn and explore, a large number of online courses for adults, and a tech hub, featuring a recording and photography studio,” said Ramona Faust, RDCK Director of Electoral Area E. “Currently there are 330 youth memberships which are grant supported. This new service will contribute to the overall literacy of our community and ensure sustainable funding for years to come. ”

If the new bylaw is approved, the proposed requisition amount for 2023 would be $106,138. An average residential property in Electoral Area E with an assessed value in land and improvements of $483,312 would expect to pay $35.37 for library services.

Under Section 86 of the Community Charter, eligible electors within the service area who are opposed to the new bylaw may petition against the adoption by signing an Electoral Response Form. At least 10% of electors must petition against the proposal prior to 4:30pm on September 5, 2022. Electors who support the proposal should not sign the form.

For more information, including the Electoral Response Form, service area map, and more information about the process, please visit www.rdck.ca/AreaELibrary.

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