‘Taxpayers should be outraged’ about potential curling spending

Dear editor,

So, the regional district has been approached by the Comox Valley Curling Club to pay for upgrades to the curling rink.

Dear editor,

So, the regional district has been approached by the Comox Valley Curling Club to pay for upgrades to the curling rink.

What is even more shocking, is that the regional district is seriously considering borrowing a minimum of $1.9 million to fund such upgrades.

The president and manager of the curling club are OK with this and they will even kick in $100,000 of the curling club’s reserves if the regional district taxpayers will pick up the rest of the tab. That means homeowners and taxpayers will be paying for this over the next 20 years.

It is time that all elected officials for the regional district, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland rethink their priorities.

We cannot afford this.

Especially when the funds benefit 550 curlers, who represent less than two per cent of the population of the entire Comox Valley.

Taxpayers should be outraged.

According to their website, the curling club did a feasibility study in 2008.

What has happened since then? Has there been any fundraising? Is there a plan to seek access to other funding and grants?

Municipal taxpayers should not be on the hook for this type of expense.

Gary Bocking,

Comox Valley

 

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