Unique community meetings, Oct. 14 & Dec. 16

Residents may recall the petition in our summer newsletter asking for a public meeting to learn about the intentions of the Interlakes Economic Association as there were rumours that they were initiating a process to have the Interlakes area incorporated as a Municipality separate from the Area L Regional District of the CRD. The group was stopped at a point when they requested a study of incorporation be done.The current status is…George Abbott, retired MLA and Minister was hired to study the community’s feelings about local governance. Mr. Abbott held private interviews with community groups (including Lac des Roches Watershed Society) and individuals and held a public forum on Oct.14 at the Interlakes Community Hall.  There were well over 100 people in attendance. On Dec 16, he did a second day of interviews and a public meeting to present and discuss his interim report of findings and recommendations. There were about 50 attendees. While the report addressed many governance issues, it was clearly stated that the lack of industry base, large geographical area, length of time required and number of resources required to complete an incorporation study did not warrant further pursuit. Residents, or more appropriately, tax payers in our area might find his analyses and recommendations quite enlightening.  From both the report tables and the lively discussion about services and funding at the December meeting it has been revealed that there may be many areas where inequalities between what we pay as our share of property taxes versus the services we receive. exist and a review of tax calculations are warranted. His final report will be completed by December 31. It will likely be a public document posted on the CRD website. Residents are encouraged to review the website (www.cariboord.bc.ca) for this and other information that they may not otherwise receive, particularly if they are “seasonal”.

At least a dozen Lac des Roches residents attended the Oct. 14 mtg.
At least a dozen Lac des Roches residents attended the Oct. 14 mtg.