Invested in Safety: A New Fire Hall for Bowen Island

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Council gave third reading to Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 441, 2017 at its regular meeting on April 10, 2017. The bylaw was then forwarded to the Provincial Inspector of Municipalities, who approved it on June 14, 2017.

This bylaw is to authorize the borrowing of up to $3 million for the development and construction of a Main Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands. 

The final adoption of the Loan Authorization Bylaw will require electoral assent, which means that you - as Bowen Island residents and/or property owners - will have to give your permission for Bowen Island Municipality to borrow the funds to build the proposed new Fire Hall and EOC. A referendum will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a popular vote used to obtain elector assent on a matter being proposed by a Municipality. The electorate is presented with a single question on a matter in which the Municipality has the authority to act. 

A Municipality must abide by Part 4 of the Local Government Act when holding a Referendum.  The elector guidelines for a Referendum are the same as those that apply in a Local Government Election.

Assent of the electors is obtained when a majority of valid votes are found to be in favour of the bylaw or question. If the bylaw or question fails to obtain the majority assent of the electors, then a Municipality must wait six months before it is permitted to hold another referendum on the same question or bylaw, provided that the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approves.

What is the referendum question?

“Are you in favour of the Council of Bowen Island Municipality enacting Bowen Island Municipality Loan Authorization (Main Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre) Bylaw No. 441, 2017, which authorizes the Bowen Island Municipality to borrow a sum not to exceed $3,000,000 to construct a new Main Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre? YES or NO”

When is the referendum?

Council has given three readings to a Loan Authorization Bylaw, and the Inspector of Municipalities has give their approval of the bylaw. The referendum voting day has been set for Saturday, August 19, 2017. Advance and mail ballot voting will be available.

How to get involved

Public Open Houses were held on March 25 and April 27, 2017 and June 10, 2017. 

Read the Open House display boards

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