Creston resident concerned about citizens having to fight against alternative approval process

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To the Editor:

I recently received (in an email from a friend) a public notice from the Regional District of Central Kootenay informing me that bylaw 2347 would soon be passed by the alternative approval process. This concerns me very much. The alternative approval process basically puts the onus on the citizens to “petition against the adoption of bylaw no. 2347 by signing an elector response form, which may be obtained from the Regional District of Central Kootenay office. At least 10 per cent of electors must petition against the proposal prior to the deadline date … in order to prevent the board from proceeding with the bylaw without the assent of the electors.”

What is bylaw 2347? It is to “authorize the creation of the Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS) financial contribution service area and authorize an annual requisition for the service not to exceed $).025/$1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements in the service area.” Could I please request the board to also provide a financial contribution from our taxes to assist the starving street orphans in Uganda, the young girls in Rwanda being sold as sex slaves and the homeless people in Mexico that are living in tents?

The public notice also states, “If you have any questions regarding this proposal or would like to request an elector response form, please feel free to contact” administrative services manager Anitra Winje at 1-800-268-7325 or awinje@rdck.bc.ca. I am hoping citizens of Creston and the surrounding area will make their wishes on the subject known to Anitra Winje.

Donna Munn

Creston