What happens if the referendum fails?
If the referendum fails, the main pool tank and associated mechanical systems will still be replaced at a cost of about $2 million. This funding will come from the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services budget through a combination of capital reserves and short-term borrowing. The resulting residential property tax increase from this project will be approximately $17/$100,000 for five years. In this scenario, both pools, sauna and steam room would be closed for approximately 12 months. The tank replacement is a permanent solution and should last a minimum of 30 to 40 years.

The results of this work will leave the pools essentially unchanged from their current form and will not address many other ongoing issues such as the undersized leisure pool and hot tub, deteriorating structural items including roofs, windows, and floor tiles, as well as aging electrical and mechanical systems. These areas will also need to be addressed as individual projects in the near future and will require significant expenditures.

The recommended concept from the Pool Task Force was selected because it provided the best value to address all of these issues and included the direct benefits of an expanded facility.

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1. What are the proposed renovations and upgrades to the pool?
2. Why are these upgrades proposed?
3. What benefits are provided by the proposed upgrades?
4. What is the cost of the proposed upgrades?
5. What is the effect on property taxes?
6. Can the current main pool tank just be repaired rather than replaced?
7. Were other options for changes to the pool considered?
8. Will the pool be closed for a long time?
9. When would the project happen?
10. Will there be further public input into design?
11. Will there be an increase in operating cost after the proposed upgrades?
12. How will the project be paid for?
13. What is the area effected by the tax increase?
14. What is the cost of sub-regional recreation taxes now?
15. When is the referendum?
16. What will the referendum question be?
17. Who will be eligible to vote?
18. What happens if the referendum fails?
19. Where can I get more information?
20. Is there grant funding available from the provincial and federal governments for the project?
21. Will the new pools have improved water quality?
22. Are the City and CRD promoting the project?
23. How will cost overruns on the project be avoided?