Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Project

The CSRD, its consultants, volunteers, and agents will work within the guidelines and orders of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

The current public assent process phase will determine the level of support through grants, donations, and sponsorships.  This level of support will help to inform the amount of funds that will be necessary to borrow for the project.

The total project costs related to a new, indoor aquatic centre are estimated at $32.2 million dollars.  This is based on a construction timeline of 2024- 2025 with pool opening in 2026.  There is a fundraising goal of $17 million that will only be achieved through sponsorships, donations, in-kind contributions, and grants; this will help offset the total project cost.

The existing outdoor pool in Golden is owned and operated by the Town of Golden.  A recent Condition Assessment conducted on the facility suggested the facility requires replacement.  Total replacement value has been determined to be over $12 Million dollars. The outdoor pool provides aquatic recreation to users for approximately three months per year whereas an indoor aquatic centre provides recreational aquatic opportunities year-round.  In Phase 1, the community overwhelmingly supported an indoor aquatic facility.

If the referendum is successful, a new indoor aquatic centre will replace the existing outdoor swimming pool. Once the indoor aquatic center is constructed, the outdoor pool will be decommissioned.

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 Phase 1 Feasibility Study reviewed several suggestions from the community and while we would love to see all of them implemented, the current aquatic centre design was determined to be the best fit for our community needs at this time. All documents related to the feasibility study and community consultation are available for review in the document centre.

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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.

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

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Referendum

The CSRD Board supported the referendum date to coincide with the next civic election on October 15, 2022. The referendum process will involve all eligible voters in the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A.

The referendum question has not been determined at this stage and will be based on an approximate capital loan amount of $15 million dollars to be payable over 30 years.

The referendum question will be determined by the CSRD and approved by the CSRD Board and the Province. It is currently anticipated that the CSRD Board will consider the referendum question by the regularly scheduled Board meeting in June 2022.

The construction timeline will be subject to having all of the necessary funds available for construction and may be subject to grant funding and donations along with borrowing.  For purposes of capital costing, the timeline for construction has been estimated to occur in the first quarter of 2024.

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Fundraising and Pledges

The fundraising campaign amount is roughly $17 million. This may change, and depends on costs of materials, the campaign length, and other factors. This money will offset the total project cost of $32.2 million.

There are lots of ways for you to support this project:

  • Pledge your support. Information on how to make a pledge will be coming soon.
  • Send a letter expressing your support.
  • Sign up for social media to receive updates.
  • Vote yes on the referendum vote happening October 15, 2022.

A pledge is a promise to give financially once the referendum is approved. A pledge helps us understand how much financial support there is from the community, and how far we have to go financially to meet the fundraising goal.

Pledges help us leverage funding from granting organizations and other partners. For these organizations, a pledge is as good as money in the bank.

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Finances

The current budget predicts construction inflation to 2025 and if the project is delayed construction contingencies can be allocated to the service area budget or be added to the fundraising campaign goal.

The CSRD would own and operate the indoor aquatic centre if it proceeds.  A benefiting service area that includes all property owners within Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden is already established for the CSRD’s owned and operated Golden and District Arena that would be used to accommodate all operational costs of the Indoor aquatic centre.

The tax breakdown between Electoral Area A and the Town of Golden would be the same as the Golden Arena 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 indoor aquatic centre would be owned by the CSRD, and the indoor aquatic centre and the arena would be housed in the same building.  It is understood that an indoor 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 annually 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 $500,000:

If the residential tax rate for the capital loan repayment of an indoor aquatic centre is $0.20/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$500,000 / 1000 = 500 x (0.20x 1.0) = $100.00 per year

 

A residential property owner in the Town of Golden with a property assessment (land and improvements) of $500,000:

If the residential tax rate for the capital loan repayment of the indoor aquatic centre  is $0.30/$1000 of assessed value than the calculation is:

$500,000 / 1000 = 500 x (0.30 x 1.0) = $150 per year

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 indoor aquatic centre will require an initial capital loan with an amortization of 30 years. The annual capital reserve contribution will equal 50% of the 30-year annual average of capital renewals to ensure reasonable 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.

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Pool Design

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 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.

Yes, the indoor aquatic centre will contain zero-entry features into every pool for easy access. The pool will also have a water resistance area for restoring muscle mass and flexibility.

Yes, to both. The indoor aquatic centre will be available year-round for competitive swimming and the swim club. Lessons will also be offered for people wanting to learn to swim and to improve their swimming technique.