The CRD may make funding changes to the Royal Theatre Service. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

City of Victoria votes to consider funding changes at Royal Theatre

A meeting between the Capital Regional District, Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay will determine further steps

The City of Victoria is asking for the Capital Regional District to take the first steps in discussing funding changes for the cost of the Royal Theatre and McPherson Theatre Services.

At city council, staff outlined the current situation in which Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay are responsible for the Royal Theatre Service, while Victoria alone is responsible for the McPherson Theatre Service.

Funding for both of these services is raised by the CRD requisition and is based on a proportionate share taxes based off of 50 per cent population, and 50 per cent assessment.

ALSO READ: Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

A bylaw amendment approved by the District of Oak Bay is seeking to shift that proportion to be 100 per cent based on assessment for the Royal Theatre Service, a move the District of Saanich opposed, leaving Victoria as the deciding vote.

“We are now in the middle because it’s a two-thirds majority. We don’t want to take sides, we want to meet both groups,” explained Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

Coun. Geoff Young was opposed to opening discussions.

“Frankly I’m not in favour, I have no interest in having our staff to work to create an agreement that would have us pay more,” Young said.

ALSO READ: Royal Theatre rate hikes on hold for now; user groups remain unhappy

Opening up discussions could, however, also offer the same opportunity for the McPherson Theatre, and create room to allocate costs with other municipalities should any decision to take on shared responsibility be made.

As is, since the City of Victoria is the only municipality involved in the McPherson Theatre Service, the decision to amend any bylaws around the service would only require one vote.

Discussions could also involve lifting the cap of $580,000, which could see tax revenue increase over time.

“It can’t hurt to have staff meet with staff,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday.

Council approved the motion, with the only objecting vote coming from Young.

Any potential bylaw changes put forward would happen in 2020.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

House fire in View Royal sends one to hospital Saturday morning

View Royal Fire Rescue says fire is now out

Camosun student starts bursary program for low-income students

The Jor-Dawn Smith Bursary will go to one Greater Victoria graduate in spring 2020

Victoria property company plans to replace Saanich apartments with townhouses

Abstract Developments plans 26 townhouses for Gorge Road West

Curtain closes on Sidney’s Star Cinema location

The iconic theatre will move to a temporary location after its last showing Sunday

Heads up! A new take on A Christmas Carol comes to the Mac

Wonderheads tackle the beloved Dickens classic, Dec. 17-18 at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

SOOKE HISTORY: The North Star and Sven Johansson

Elida Peers | Contributed Learning recently of the passing of Sven Johansson,… Continue reading

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

Sooke’s EMCS Wolverines drop season opener

Parkland best EMCS squad 81-64

Most Read