Editorial: Pool upgrades a must

With just 10 more days to go in the 2014 municipal election, and advancing voting opportunities beginning today there is much at stake.

With just 10 more days to go in the 2014 municipal election, and advancing voting opportunities beginning today, it is critical for area residents to make the time to vote –– there is so much at stake.

For example, there may only be a few candidates for School District 27, but just remember those who are elected will be making decisions not only for our children but also as one of the largest employers in the area, impacting everyone in the community.

As we saw during the response to the Mount Polley Mines disaster last summer, the Cariboo Regional District equally plays a critical role in our outlying areas. Not only do they respond to emergencies, the CRD directors also deal with water and waste issues as well as countless zoning applications, including where medical marijuana facilities may be located.

In Williams Lake, there is also a four-person campaign underway for the city’s mayor and 12 candidates vying for six positions.

This new team will steer the outcome of many important decisions for residents such as lake access, senior’s housing, policing, and  future residential and business development. You name it, they’ll be deciding it.

But perhaps the most important vote residents can make this election, is the referendum regarding the pool.

For those who have somehow missed the information on this, voters will be asked whether they approve borrowing up to $10 million over 20 years for the project, which would see the pool get a much-needed upgrade.

Proceeding with the pool would result in an increase of about $40 per $100,000 of residential assessment, including operating costs of the expanded facility.

Simply put, Williams Lake can’t afford to say no to this project.

Not only will a new, modern facility attract new families, it will also keep the ones we have.

Planned upgrades will offer more therapeutic opportunities seniors and those with disabilities as well as keep the pool operational while construction is underway.

Saying no to the pool is saying no to improving much-needed services in our community.

Not voting at all is even worse.

Get out and vote.

-Williams Lake Tribune

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