Residents of rural Area E in the Regional District of Central Kootenay have turned down a proposal that they be taxed for their use of the Nelson library. Currently those residents pay a user fee. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Residents of rural Area E in the Regional District of Central Kootenay have turned down a proposal that they be taxed for their use of the Nelson library. Currently those residents pay a user fee. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Taxation for library funding : Area E says no, rural Salmo says yes

Area E residents will continue to pay a user fee at the library

Regional District of Central Kootenay residents from Area E have said no to an initiative that would have seen them taxed for their use of the Nelson Public Library.

Residents of a part of Area G, on the other hand, have supported a similar initiative regarding the Salmo Valley Public Library, according to a news release from the RDCK.

Both initiatives were conducted through the alternative approval process in which eligible electors within the service area who are opposed to the new bylaw may petition against its adoption by signing an electoral response form. For the initiative to fail, at least 10 per cent of electors must sign and submit the form.

In Area E, more than 10 per cent (567) of people signed and submitted a verified response form.

Area E encompasses the rural area from Balfour and Queens Bay through the south side of the west arm of Kootenay Lake to Blewett and Cottonwood Lake. Area G is the rural area around Salmo.

In the part of Area G to which this bylaw initiative applied, there were no electoral forms submitted, resulting in the approval of the library funding initiative.

The resulting new bylaw will provide additional funding from 145 properties in Area G to the Salmo Valley Public Library.

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