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Bylaws & Options For Voting On October 26

Supplied by Noba Anderson, Cortes Regional Director-Strathcona Regional District nanderson@gmail.com

On Saturday October 26, Cortes Island electors will be voting on two proposed new Strathcona Regional District services:

First Responder Service (Bylaw 328) at the request of the Cortes Fire Department.

This service would allow Cortes fire fighters to provide rapid response first aid during medical emergencies until ambulance paramedics arrive. If passed, the SRD could tax property up to $45,000 ($0.14 per $1,000 of property assessment) annually, for the purpose of training, equipping and deploying first responder personnel. For a property valued at $200,000 this would amount to $26 per year and for a property valued at $500,000 this would amount to $67.

Community Hall Service (Bylaw 341) at the request of the Manson’s Hall Board.


This service would provide core operating funds to the Whaletown Community Club and the Southern Cortes Community Association to assist with paying the bills for things such as insurance, utilities, and property taxes as well as supplies and contract services related to operating and maintaining the Community Halls. Employee salaries would not be covered. If passed, the SRD could tax property up to $80,000 (or $0.24 per $1,000 of property assessment) annually for the purpose of providing this core financial assistance to our community halls. For a property valued at $200,000 this would amount to $47 per year and for a property valued at $500,000 this would amount to $119.

Voting On October 26

On Saturday, October 26th you can vote at the Gorge Hall, Manson’s Hall or at the Regional District office in Campbell River, all from 8 am to 8 pm.

Who can vote? You do NOT need to be a property owner. You must be a Canadian citizen, have been a resident in B.C. for the past 6 months, be 18 or older, and have been a Cortes resident for the past 30 days.

Voting on October 26

You must register to vote. There will be no voter card or voter list. When you vote, either bring a completed form or fill one out at the polling station with your name, address, and birth date or Social Insurance Number. You will need 2 pieces of ID, (including one with a signature) that together verify your identity and residency. Picture ID is not necessary. If your ID does not show Cortes residency, you can declare as such at the voting station and still vote.

Advance Voting in person Oct 16 & 23 at the SRD, 990 Cedar St, CR.

Mail Ballot Voting – must submit a mail ballot application by Friday the 18th. You will then receive a mail ballot which must be returned to the SRD by Oct. 26th.

Non-Resident Property Owners otherwise qualified to vote can vote. Provide proof of identity and property ownership with a Non-Resident Property Elector Registration Form.

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