Hornby Island fire hall project steep in misleading info

Dear editor,

Regarding recent articles about the  Hornby Island Fire Hall renewal project.

Firstly, all volunteer former professional engineers who indicated renovations could be done for much less than $1 million were ousted from the oversight committee and indeed it became a “Select Committee” for a project that will cost twice as much or more as initially put to our community.

Secondly, the SC and the CVRD presented many plans to the community and both erstwhile organizations gave different answers or were unwilling to give any answers to the same questions concerning the hall size, quality and cost.

Thirdly, the rationale of using an AAP (Alternative Approval Process) is meant to avoid referendum expenses on projects where they are of somewhat inconsequential cost. This $1.9 million project ($2.5 million with financing) is a candidate because the CVRD states a $24 increase in [annual] tax over a total 2014 fire budget for a $455,000 property is an inconsequential five per cent increase for hall construction.

Anyone understanding costs and proportionality can intuitively see that $24 a year for a $2.5 million expense does not compute. $2.5 million divided by 831 registered voters (not property owners liable for tax) in of itself is a crude $150 a year for 20 years. So there has to be extremely high property values or a lot of property owners not eligible to vote to get the price down to the levels the CVRD is stating.

So where is the money coming from? And at what cost?

As the CVRD directors and SC members voted to proceed in this matter, they are either really naive or patronizing abusers of the taxpayer.

There is nothing wrong with the dreamers presenting what is wanted in a hall they’d rather have then an upgraded building they don’t like – but to mislead people on both what is happening, and on cost, then take away the right of the taxpayers to be properly informed and make an inclusive decision by way of referendum is not right.

Could it be criminal? It certainly is not ethical or democratic.

R. Gee

Hornby Island

 

Just Posted

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Stolen kayak tops Comox Valley RCMP report

Comox Valley RCMP report week of Sept. 18-2

Dead motorcyclist was member of Facebook group that raced on Mount Washington road

Some group members record their rides and post times to page

UPDATE: Motorcyclist dead following crash on Strathcona Parkway

A 29 year old man has died following a motorcycle crash on… Continue reading

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read