CRD: Museum funding more secure

With the backing of Mayor Janet Evans and Juan de Fuca Area Director Mike Hicks, the Sooke Region Museum is now looking at a brighter financial picture.

With the backing of Mayor Janet Evans and Juan de Fuca Area Director Mike Hicks, the Sooke Region Museum is now looking at a brighter financial picture.

“Mayor Evans and I decided to put the mechanism in place if an increase in funding was needed,” said Mike Hicks, area director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.

At the regular Capital Regional District Board meeting on January 12, an amendment was passed which will increase the requisition for the museum.

Two years ago a referendum was held authorizing a operating fund for the museum but inflation factors were not taken into account.

A report states the exisiting bylaws provide no flexibility to absorb the inflationary pressures of operating the Sooke Region Museum. The proposed bylaws provide for a maximum requisition of the greater of an annual fixed amount of $78,650 (an approx. five per cent increase) or a variable amount based on a tax rate of 0.26 applied to the property values in the service area.

Not only is the District of Sooke applying for an extension for federal funding for the public boat launch, but so is SEAPARC and Port Renfrew for their individual projects. The Capital Regional District Board voted on applying for a grant extension at its January 12 meeting.

SEAPARC Leisure Centre Complex is currently undergoing an upgrade and needs an extension, from the March 2011 deadline, to accommodate the contract holdback on the $1.2 million project. The Infrastructure Stimulus funded project through the Capital Regional District received $800,000 from the province.

The Port Renfrew Fire Hall Community Centre needs an extension in order to complete the roof which cannot be done due to winter weather conditions. The $520,000 Port Renfrew project was funded by the federal government ($173,333) and the province $226,667). Engineers confirm that both projects can be completed by October 31, 2011.

Many of the funded projects across Canada are facing challenging circumstances that prevent them from meeting the March 31, 201 1 deadline, including Sooke’s public boat launch.

Just Posted

Victoria says #NeverAgain in solidarity with March For Our Lives

Youth Political Commons invites public to rally against gun violence March 24 at legislature

No injuries in single-vehicle accident on Sooke Road

Traffic moving slowly in both directions

McClure house fire saw Victoria firefighters utilize drone for first time in live situation

Aerial device feeds intel to crews to help formulate firefighting action plans

RCMP searching for man wanted on sexual assault charges

William Meers is known to frequent the Duncan area

Victoria beer leaguer turns heads as Joe Thornton doppleganger

Joe Thornton lookalike from Victoria makes it on

Submariners come home after 197-day deployment

Tears and laughter filled the jetty where emotional friends and family welcomed the HMCS Submarine Chicoutimi

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Charges formally laid against Nanaimo city manager

City of Nanaimo CAO Tracy Renee Samra charged with fear of injury/damage by another person

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

UPDATE: Former B.C. city councillor sentenced nine months for sexual assault

Dave Murray, convicted this past fall, hired a private investigator to intrude on the victim’s life.

Online threat to U.S. high school traced to Canadian teen

A 14-year-old girl has been charged in connection with an online threat against a high school

Most Read