The McBride library and museum have won their bid to purchase a large commercial building on Main St. and relocate there, thanks to an assent vote that will increase taxes over the next 25 years.
The unofficial results from the Robson Valley Exploration and Learning Service assent vote conducted April 30 show that 335 were in favour of the tax increase for the service and 286 were opposed.
Residents in the proposed service area were asked:
“Are you in favour of Robson Valley Exploration and Learning Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2970, 2015 and Robson Valley Exploration and Learning Service Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2971, 2015 which proposes to authorize the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to:
• establish the Robson Valley Exploration and Learning Service within the Village of McBride and participating area of Electoral Area H shown outlined in bold on Appendix “A” to Bylaw No. 2970;
• set a maximum annual tax requisition limit amount as the greater of $74,550 (Seventy Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars) or the amount obtained by applying a property value tax rate of $0.0004 against the net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area; and
• to borrow a sum not exceeding $620,530 (Six Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Five Hundred Thirty Dollars) for the purpose of purchasing a facility for the Robson Valley Exploration and Learning service.”
There will be an official determination of results on Monday, May 2 followed by the Declaration of Official Results on Wednesday, May 4.