Similkameen Recreation Survey
Participants in the Similkameen Recreation Commission Survey on Future Recreation Facilities
Please read the text below about the projects we are considering and then hit the SURVEY button to go to the survey and provide your input. You will need your unique access code to answer the questions. The survey should take about five minutes and your unique access code can only be used once. Please enter the code exactly how it appears on your postcard (upper case letters). If you want to have the following information handy as you answer survey questions, you can print this page.
Indoor Swimming Pool
The cost of a new 4 lane 25 meter indoor pool, complete with hot tub, beach access play area, change rooms, and support spaces is estimated to be $5.7 million. It would be added to the Similkameen Recreation Centre. The annual operating cost to provide this new service would be $250,000. This new facility would replace the outdoor pool in Keremeos. If no grants were available, and we had to borrow the entire capital cost and pay it back over 25 years, the annual tax increase for each of those years would be about $74 per $100,000 of tax assessment to cover the capital cost and a further $57 per $100,000 to support the operation. That could mean a tax increase of over $130 per $100,000 of taxable assessment for all properties in Keremeos and Electoral Areas B and G.
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Our existing outdoor pool is approaching the end of its functional lifespan. If we don’t construct an indoor pool to replace it, we will need to consider building a new outdoor pool at the Similkameen Recreation Centre. The cost of constructing a 4 lane 25 meter tank complete with hot tub, beach access play area, change rooms, and support spaces is estimated to be $3 million. A new outdoor pool would not cost more to operate than the existing one. So, if we obtained no outside funding, and had to borrow all of the capital cost and pay it back over 25 years, the annual tax increase to support this project would be about $39 per $100,000 of taxable assessment.
Roof over Rink
If we build a roof to cover the skating rink in Keremeos, with new floodlighting and upgraded Zamboni to increase winter ice use, the capital cost is estimated to be $610,000. There should be no additional operating cost to provide the increased ice use. Therefore, if we had to borrow the entire capital cost and pay it back over 25 years, the annual tax increase to support this project would be about $8 per $100,000 of taxable assessment.
Expansion of Fitness Room
If we build a 40ft x 60ft expansion of the fitness area in the Similkameen Recreation Centre, complete with washrooms, showers, and lobby area, the capital cost is estimated to be $680,000. Therefore, if we had to borrow all of the capital costs and pay it back over 25 years, the tax increase to retire the debt would be almost $9 per $100,000 of taxable assessment. We would also need to add $7 per $100,000 of taxable assessment to cover the increased operating cost. The total tax increase, therefore, would be $16 per $100,000 of taxable assessment to provide the increased fitness service.
Upgrade to Bowling Lanes
The cost of upgrading the bowling lanes at the Similkameen Recreation Centre, including automatic scoring and upgrading the bowling area, is estimated to be $100,000. The upgrade would not result in any increase in the operating cost, and therefore no increase in taxes for operation. If we proceeded with this project, we would propose to increase taxes by about $23 per $100,000 of taxable assessment for one year only to cover the capital cost.
Note: To calculate the tax increase for any of these projects on the property you own (if an owner) or rent (if a renter), just multiply the rate above per $100,000 by the number of $100,000s your property is assessed at. For example, if your home is assessed at $250,000, you would multiply the actual tax rate increase for each project by 2.5.
and, thanks for your input!