Funding and Public Assent
A public assent process is necessary in order to borrow the remaining project funds that are not covered by current reserve and provincial and federal grants.
An Alternative Approval Process will be used to gauge public support for the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project. Opposed voters may submit an electoral response form indicating they do not agree with borrowing $29 million over a maximum of 25 years for project construction. If 10% of residents do not agree with the project then a full referendum will be held.
Even though only those residents connected to the water system will be impacted by the decision, all residents of the Comox Valley Regional District are eligible to submit an electoral response form (except residents of Cumberland). Only those residents connected to the water system will have their water rates affected. It is estimated the new water system will cost those residents $86 per household/year.
The deadline for submitting elector response forms will be March 16, 2018. Forms will be made available at the CVRD office and on our website early in 2018. More information about how to participate in this process will be communicated in the coming months.
For more information about the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project please see the following documents: