2018 Assent Voting - Regional Referenda
In addition to general voting in upcoming local government elections, eligible electors of all nine Electoral Areas of the CVRD, (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H & I), and its four member municipalities, (City of Duncan, District of North Cowichan, Town of Lake Cowichan & Town of Ladysmith), will be provided opportunity to vote in Regional Assent Voting (Referenda).
Assent Voting will be conducted alongside advance and general voting on Wednesday, October 10, Tuesday, October 16 and Saturday, October 20. Please note: the Town of Ladysmith's second day of Advance Voting is Wednesday, October 17 rather than the 16th. Please refer to the list of voting places for the jurisdiction that applies to you.
Eligible electors will be asked two Referendum Questions, (Bylaw No's: 4228 & 4229) to establish two regional services: the Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service; and the Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service.
CVRD Bylaw No. 4201 - Service Establishment
"CVRD Bylaw No. 4201 – Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018", will allow the CVRD to annually requisition up to the greater of $765,000 or an amount equal to the amount that could be raised by a property value tax of $0.04584 per $1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area to assist the Cowichan Housing Association with costs associated with providing programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan Valley.
CVRD Bylaw No. 4202 - Service Establishment
"CVRD Bylaw No. 4202 – Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018", will allow the CVRD to annually requisition up to the greater of $750,000 or an amount equal to the amount that could be raised by a property value tax of $0.045050 per $1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area to establish a service for the purpose of drinking water and watershed protection within the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
Applications to act as a scrutineer, for and against, for regional assent voting will be received by the Regional Voting Officer during regular office hours at the Cowichan Valley Regional District office, 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, BC between 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018, excluding weekends. Application forms are available below. For more information on the requirements and procedures contact the Regional Voting Officer or Deputy Regional Voting Officer or by telephone: 250.746.2503 or toll free 1.800.665.3955