Voters will be asked if they are in favour of creating a service for the establishment, construction, operation and maintenance of emergency evacuation wharf facilities at Descanso Bay in Electoral Area 'B' (Gabriola Island).
If the referendum is successful, the annual cost in the first year following the establishment of the service will be the greater of $70,515 or $0.152 per $1,000 of assessed value (or $15.20 for a property assessed at $100,000). In the second and subsequent years the annual cost will be the greater of $7,880 or $0.017 per $1,000 of assessed value (or $1.70 for a property assessed at $100,000). Only those persons who are eligible to vote and who reside or own property within Electoral Area 'B' will be entitled to vote on November 1, 2003. Two advance votes are also scheduled for October 22 and 29, 2003 for those unable to vote on November 1st .
The question to be voted on by the electors within Electoral Area 'B' on November 1st will read as follows:
Descanso Bay Wharf Service Bylaw No. 1357, 2003, which would:
Create a service for the establishment, construction, operation and maintenance of wharf facilities in Electoral Area 'B' (Gabriola Island); and
Impose an annual tax requisition within the Service Area as follows:
in the first year following the establishment of the service, the greater of $70,515 or $15.20 per $100,000 of assessment ($0.152 per $1,000) applied to the net taxable value of land and improvements; and
in the second and subsequent years after adoption of the Bylaw the greater of $7,880 or $1.70 per $100,000 of assessment ($0.017 per $1,000) applied to the net taxable value of land and improvements?"
Non Resident Electors: Persons owning property and not residing within Electoral Area 'B' shall be entitled to vote on the referendum question provided that the following criteria is met:
If more than one individual is the registered owner of the real property, only one of those individuals may register and the person registering must do so with the written consent of the number of those individuals who, together with the person registering, are a majority of registered owners.
Persons qualifying as "Non-Resident Property Electors" who will be applying to register at the time of voting, must complete an application form, must provide at least two documents that provide evidence of the applicant's identity and must provide a copy of land title registration or tax notice which provides proof of ownership. At least one of the documents must contain the applicant's signature, such as a Drivers License. If the voter does not have a second piece of identification, a solemn declaration will be accepted as a second piece of identification. The voter must sign a solemn declaration stating their name and residential address.
In order to obtain a "Non-Resident Property Elector Certificate" in advance of general voting day, a person may apply for the Certificate from the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Election Officer at the following times:
General voting day will be held between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to qualified electors of Electoral Area 'B' on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at the location shown below:
ADVANCE VOTING DAYS - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 & 29
Advance voting opportunities shall also be held between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to qualified electors of Electoral Area 'B' on October 22, 2003 and October 29, 2003 at the following locations:
In order for persons to vote at an advance voting opportunity, a qualified elector must sign a statement that:
For further information on the 2003 Descanso Bay Emergency Wharf Referendum please contact Carol Mason, Chief Election Officer or Maureen Pearse, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 390-4111 or toll free at 1-877-607-4111 (Fax 390-4163) or visit our website at www.rdn.bc.ca.
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