Frequently Asked Questions

We want to be On Deck to provide answers to your questions about a proposed aquatic centre. As part of our commitment to you, we will be adding additional information to this page throughout the study process. Check back often for updates.

Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new dangers of in-person events, the second phase of community engagement for this project will be held online with an interactive survey.

There are two issues motivating this project:

  1. The existing pool is aging
  2. There’s an increasing desire for year-round aquatic services.

The feasibility study will determine if there is sufficient community support for the Regional District to seek elector assent to replace the existing outdoor pool, owned and operated by the Town of Golden, with an indoor aquatic facility owned and operated by the Regional District.

Under the timeline set before the COVID-19 Pandemic, the feasibility study was to have been completed by the end of 2020. Due to pandemic-related delays, the final report will not be available until into 2021.

The next phase of community engagement will take place online.

Should you have any comments or questions please email them to ondeck@csrd.bc.ca.

Options for a new indoor aquatic facility and their associated costs will be developed in Phase 2 of the project. Financial information will be released to the public when costs for the various options are developed. An interactive survey has been developed to give citizens a rough estimate of the cost of project components. Opportunities for feedback regarding proposed costs will be provided through this interactive public surveys.

Once a preferred option is determined, more accurate cost estimates for the facility would be able to be developed.

Golden and Electoral Area A residents will have multiple opportunities to be engaged in the process of determining if there is a viable and feasible opportunity to move forward with developing an indoor aquatic centre. Ultimately, residents would have a final say through a referendum process that would involve all eligible voters in the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A.

If a viable option is identified that receives broad and sufficient support through an assent process, a new indoor aquatic centre will replace the existing outdoor swimming pool.

The existing site contains recreational opportunities including the outdoor pool, the curling rink and the arena.  The zoning for recreational buildings such as a new aquatic centre is also in place.  There is a benefit to school recreational programming by having an indoor aquatic complex in close proximity to local schools. Placing a new indoor pool next to the existing arena and curling rink allows for the possibility of a shared common entrance and lobby and provides multiple benefits to operating demands such as staffing efficiencies and utilizing waste heat from the arena.

The operations of the existing outdoor pool will NOT be impacted if the indoor aquatic centre advances to construction. The indoor aquatic centre will be located on the same property as the existing pool, arena and curling rink but will not be placed over the existing pool footprint.  Once the indoor aquatic center is constructed, the outdoor pool will be decommissioned.

The BC Health Act requires the use of chlorine in all aquatic facilities to assist in the water disinfection process. However, there are many options for additional, secondary treatment measures like salt, ozone or UV to reduce the amount of chlorine required to keep water quality at provincially mandated standards. Additionally, emphasis can be placed on pre-swim shower protocols, which can significantly reduce the bacteria and dirt introduced to the water and as a result reduce the level of chlorine required to clean it up. This project will carefully consider all of the ways in which the reliance on chlorine can be reduced as much as possible.

The current design and Class D estimate has identified sustainability measures equivalent to a LEED Gold standard. Some features may include natural daylighting and ventilation, local materials, potential heat recovery from arena, storm water management, and innovative pool water disinfection systems.

The CSRD would own and operate the new aquatic centre if it proceeds.  A benefiting service area would be developed to include all property owners within Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden.

Currently a similar ‘service area’ funds the arena, curling rink, and library located in Golden. The tax breakdown between Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden would be the same as this service area where the property owners within the Town of Golden pay approximately 52% of the total costs and the property owners within Electoral Area A pay 48% of the total costs.

Currently Electoral Area A residents pay 48% of the budget for operations at the arena, library and curling rink and 20% of the costs associated with the existing outdoor pool in Golden (owned and operated by the Town of Golden).  The new aquatic facility would be owned by the CSRD and the aquatic centre and the arena would be housed in the same building.  It is understood that a new aquatic centre would be widely used by all benefiting property owners and provide region wide economic and health benefits.

Tax class information provided in the feasibility study is based on a residential tax multiplier of 1.0. Property owners within the Electoral Area would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier identified above, based on the property classification indicated on their property tax assessment.

Unlike a municipality, class multipliers for taxation rates within a regional district are set by the Province of BC as follows:

  • Residential          1.0
  • Utilities               3.5
  • Major Industry    3.4
  • Light Industry     3.4
  • Business/Other   2.45
  • Rec/Non Profit     1.0
  • Farm                   1.0

 

The Town of Golden sets the class multipliers for properties within the Town of Golden.  Property owners would multiply the residential tax rate by the appropriate multiplier set by the Town of Golden and the property classification indicated on their property tax notice. The Town of Golden’s 2020 class multipliers for taxation rates are as follows:

  • Residential          1.0
  • Utility                 7.39
  • Major Industry    6.14
  • Light Industry     3.6
  • Business/Other   2.30
  • Rec/Non-Profit    1.0

*Note – Town of Golden tax multipliers have been rounded to two decimal places.

 

Example:  a residential property owner in Electoral Area A with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $350,000:

If the residential tax rate for a new pool complex is $0.89/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$350,000 / 1000 = 350 x (0.89x 1.0) = $311.50 per year

 

A residential property owner in the Town of Golden with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $350,000:

If the residential tax rate for a new pool complex is $0.92/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$350,000 / 1000 = 350 x (0.92 x 1.0) = $322 per year

 

A property that is identified as business class valued at $500,000 in Electoral Area A:

$500,000 / 1000  = 500 x (0.89 x 2.45)  = $1090.25

 

A property that is identified as business class valued at $500,000 in the Town of Golden:

$500,000 / 1000  = 500 x (0.89 x 2.30)  = $1023.50

All capital assets have a useful life expectancy. Once capital assets have been fully depreciated, they need to be replaced. The assets in a complex structure like an aquatic facility are identified within asset categories based on those assets with similar Estimated Useful Life (EUL). For example, the building substructure has an EUL of 75 years, whereas equipment and furnishings have an EUL of 25 years.

Asset management and full life cycle costing will determine the annual average depreciation of all capital assets over a set time period to provide for an annual allocation of funds into a capital reserve account. This provides tax stabilization to ensure that necessary funds are available when assets require replacement.

The Aquatic Facility will require an initial capital loan with an amortization of 30 years. The annual capital reserve contribution will equal the 30-year average of capital renewals to ensure adequate funding is available for all renewals within the loan pay-back period.

An operational reserve account will also be established and funded on an annual basis to address any emergency or unexpected breakdowns or failures of equipment

It is anticipated that grant funds, sponsorships and donations will be necessary to reduce the tax burden on property owners if this project proceeds.  Grants, sponsorships and donation opportunities will be investigated once support for a preferred design option(s) have been determined.

Once support for a preferred design option(s) is determined, the CSRD would refine capital costs and explore opportunities to offset the capital loan requirements through available and realistic grants, sponsorships and donations.  The CSRD would provide this information to the broader community, and consult with Town of Golden Council and CSRD Board on a preferred method of assent.

If the CSRD Board supports a referendum as an appropriate form of assent, it would likely advance in 2021.

The construction timeline may be subject to available grant funding.  For purposes of capital costing, the timeline for construction has been estimated to occur in the first quarter  of 2022.  The Class D estimate has an escalation allowance that is currently based on a construction start of the first quarter of 2022. Should the timeline be pushed to construction start of the fourth quarter, the escalation allowance should be increased accordingly

If the Indoor Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study cannot determine if there is sufficient support by the community for a preferred design or cost, the CSRD Board will consider not advancing the project further.