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Lake residents 79.9% supportive of pool payment

Lake Cowichan residents have confirmed their support for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre with a non-binding vote. - Andrew Leong/file
Lake Cowichan residents have confirmed their support for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre with a non-binding vote.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Lake Cowichan residents are on board with the town's council about its decision to pay into the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan.

In a non-binding voting process that concluded Wednesday, a total of 251 people were in favour and 63 against the plan to support the pool, amounting to 79.9%. One ballot was spoiled of the 315 cast.

"This was such a split issue,'' said Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest. "Our council was split on it, too. We just wanted some assistance with the decision. We wanted to ask the public.''

Residents were given plenty of time to vote.

"They all had an opportunity for quite a long time, four or five months,'' said Forrest.

The last day coincided with the deadline for paying property taxes.

"When people came in to pay their taxes, they had an opportunity to vote,'' said Forrest. "They didn't have to make a special trip if they didn't want to.''

Typically, some people voted right away several months ago but many waited till the last minute.

Council covered its portion with grant-in-aid money for this year. Next year, Lake residents will pay an additional 75 cents per $100,000 assessed value.

Forrest has heard enough and so have many others of the two-tier pay debate.

"I'm glad we don't have to start the conversation over again,'' he said. "This was decisive enough the public has said we want to be in which is good.''

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