Alberni’s CCID should go regional

Big financial burden on small district for independent water system in Alberni.

To the Editor,

Cherry Creek residents should be aware of the fact that keeping an independent water system places a significantly larger financial burden on the shoulders of a considerably smaller tax base.

As outlined in the 2010 Regional Water Study, Option 1 would include the City of Port Alberni, Beaver Creek, and Cherry Creek combining systems and would cost Cherry Creek residents about $4.1 million dollars over 25 years.

Whereas going it alone and still meeting the province’s mandatory 4-3-2-1 requirements by 2013, according to the Regional Water Study will cost Cherry Creek residents about $5.5 million over 25 years.

In addition to paying an extra $1.4 million dollars over the 25-year term, the CCID will not have access to cost-saving loans and grants from the provincial and federal governments because it is not a part of a regional water system.

Finally, and more importantly, I seriously question the CCID’s ethics in preemptively raising the 2011 parcel taxes by 15 per cent in preparation for the government’s 4-3-2-1 condition, even though the taxpayers of Cherry Creek have never been formally presented a concrete plan by the Cherry Creek Improvement District.

A person paying taxes for a more expensive and ill-advised plan is bad enough, but a person paying taxes for a plan which he or she has never had the chance to inspect or scrutinize is a travesty.

Mike McDowall,

Cherry Creek