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Arts funding kiboshed

A plan to fund arts and cultural initiatives in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District will have to be reworked after residents voted in opposition to the proposal.

The proposed Arts, Recreation and Culture Financial Contribution for Electoral Area C and a portion of Electoral Area F will be reconsidered by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board after enough electors expressed their opposition to the plan.

"The CSRD conducted an Alternative Approval Process to determine whether there was sufficient community support for the proposal, known as the North & South Shuswap Community Arts, Recreation and Culture Programs Financial Contribution Service Bylaw No. 5798," said CSRD communications coordinator Tracy Hughes in a release Wednesday.  

"In an Alternative Approval Process, the Local Government Act sets out that if at least 10 per cent of the electors in the proposed service area record their opposition to a proposal, the plan must either proceed to referendum or be abandoned."

In the case of Bylaw No. 5798, the number of valid elector responses required to prevent the Board from proceeding with its establishment was 885, Hughes said.

The number of valid elector response forms received by the CSRD was 1,412.

"This proposal was to allow the CSRD to make a long-term, annual financial contribution to registered non-profit groups that provide arts, recreation and cultural programs to residents within those two electoral areas. Currently these groups must make project-specific applications through the CSRD’s grant-in-aid process to be considered for funding," Hughes said.

As elector assent was not received, the CSRD Board will now discuss whether to proceed to referendum or discontinue the process at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Sept. 19, 2019.

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