Sportsplex grant-in-aid request goes to 2013 CVRD budget deliberations

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has put funding for the Cowichan Sportsplex on the backburner again.

The Chesterfield Sports Society will have to wait until early in the new year to find out what direction the CVRD will take for 2013 and beyond in formulating a permanent funding solution.

It was recommended Wednesday that a grant-in-aid for $146,000 be referred for consultation as part of the 2013 budget deliberations in February.

Shawnigan Lake Director Bruce Fraser preferred using the term referred for "consideration.''

The yearly grants-in-aid have kept the Sportsplex going, but the Chesterfield Sports Society has stressed the need for a better arrangement that doesn't leave the organization hanging.

The CVRD board recommended selecting a user-based model as a basis for establishing a function in 2013 to provide stable long-term funding for the Sportsplex, according to CVRD corporate secretary Joe Barry.

Establishing a function in 2013 does not mean a corresponding increase in taxation next year. If ultimately approved, taxation for the function wouldn't occur until 2014.

Chesterfield Sports Society President Don McClintock is pleased the grant-in-aid application for the $146,000 has been moved forward.

"That's what we applied for,'' he said. "There's different applications going to the Municipality of North Cowichan and City of Duncan.''

The CVRD request narrowly passed with six directors in opposition.

"To be fair, I think the process is moving forward about as quickly as it can,'' said McClintock.


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