Hornby getting a new fire hall

Referendum results: 83% in favour

  • Apr. 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record Staff

Hornby Island residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of constructing a new fire hall, according to unofficial results from Saturday’s referendum. Numbers released Monday indicate 83 per cent of respondents (623) said yes and 17 per cent (126) said no to a proposed loan authorization bylaw to build a new facility.

There are 834 eligible voters on Hornby, meaning the referendum attracted a 94.6 per cent voter turnout.

An alternate approval process in January prevented the regional district board from adopting the bylaw, prompting the referendum.

The $1.9 million project will be funded by $1.6 million in debt financing, $200,000 in federal gas tax funds and $100,000 from reserves. Hornby property owners will pay an average $24 per year to repay the borrowed funds.

 

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