South Cariboo Recreation Taxation Boundaries
The recreational facilities in the South Cariboo are owned by the Cariboo Regional District. The South Cariboo Recreation Service Areas (taxation boundaries) fund recreation services (South Cariboo Recreation Function) within the South Cariboo, and include:
- South Cariboo Recreation Centre (the arena) and the curling rink
- Equestrian Grounds at the Recreation Centre
- Ball fields and soccer fields
- Martin Exeter Hall Complex
- Main Beach, West Beach and Stewart Beach at the 108 Mile Ranch
The Directors for Electoral Areas “G”, “H” and “L” and the District of 100 Mile House are responsible for the governance of this function. This group meets as the South Cariboo Joint Committee in open public meetings each month.
Current Recreation funding in the South Cariboo
Your current residential recreation taxation is listed on your tax assessment, to calculate the tax amount: (take your current assessed property value ÷ 1000) x rate of recreation tax rate. This is the amount paid by property owners residing within the South Cariboo taxation boundaries. If a South Cariboo resident lives outside the current taxation boundaries, a Recreation fee of $200 is required prior to accessing any programming that uses recreation facilities in the 100 Mile House area (ie. ice sports, soccer, softball, etc).
There has been interest to expand the South Cariboo Recreation Service Areas (taxation boundaries) to include the entire South Cariboo and neighbouring communities. On February 6, 2019, the South Cariboo Joint Committee decided to explore changing these boundaries, and it was carried unanimously at the Cariboo Regional District Board meeting on March 1, 2019.
“…..that the 2019 South Cariboo Recreation Business Plan be amended to include a priority goal to review the sub-regional recreation taxation boundary and bring forward options for expansion of the taxation area to other parts of the south Cariboo.”
Some of the benefits from expanding the taxation boundaries:
- The more people who contribute to recreation taxes, the more there is a reduction of the financial impact on the community. This could also help bring more recreation projects and expand recreation in our community.
- It would allow everyone an equal opportunity to contribute. Recreation is a local community service, and as with other services such as the library, the hospital, schools, fire protection and policing, everyone contributes whether we use it or not. At some point, we all shop, gas, dine, use services, and play in 100 Mile House.
- Encourage access to all South Cariboo residents; some residents avoid accessing recreation because of the recreation fee. Many have voiced that they would rather have the fee included on their taxes rather than a lump sum when they want to access recreation.
- Eliminate the divide for recreation funding and voting (and access- see above). It would allow everyone an opportunity to have a voice in recreation projects in the community.
- Social hubs, such as community recreation facilities, boost morale and pride within a community.
- Recreation facilities increase property value, and play a role in recruitment and retention for working professionals (anyone from physicians, nurses, lab technicians, therapists, law enforcement, trades, restaurants and services, shops, etc); even if someone is living outside of the recreation boundaries, these services are important to and impact everyone in the South Cariboo.
A few things to consider:
- If the recreation fee (currently $200) for residents outside the tax boundaries is in place, adding facilities would likely increase this fee.
- Separate fees for residents/ non-residents could be in place for accessing programming (ie. the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams lake has varying fees for programming: for example, a ‘Sea Otters’ Swim lesson set (8 lessons at 30 min each), vary depending on whether you are a resident/member or not):
- Resident Member: $45.04
- Non-Resident Member: $45.04
- Non-Resident Non-Member: $60.00
- Some rural communities in B.C. pay between $100-$200 per house for recreation in their area, which includes an aquatic facility.
Would you like to be included in the South Cariboo Recreation Boundaries? If so, elected officials want to hear from you!
Take a look at the map, if you are unsure whether you are within the boundaries or outside the boundaries.
If you live within the South Cariboo, but outside the boundaries, send an email (click on the link to email all of the CRD and District of 100 Mile House elected officials).
If you live in the TNRD Area ‘E’ (Clinton/ 70 Mile/ South Green Lake area) email here to let them know (this link includes all of the above elected officials as well as Area ‘E’ Director Sally Watson).