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RDCK to hold referendums on fire department upgrades

The RDCK will be holding referendums to approve loan requests brought forward by five fire departments in the district.  

At June’s RDCK board meeting, board members approved a loan authorization request brought forward by the West Creston Fire Response team. The fire service has asked for a $2.1 million loan from the district to complete construction at the West Creston Fire Hall and replace a frontline water tender and fire engine.  

RDCK board members approved similar requests from fire departments in Balfour-Harrop, the North Shore, Tarrys and Winlaw. The board approved the request and will be preparing loan authorization bylaws for up to $750,000 each to replace fire engines at the four rural fire stations.  

The loan requests will move forward after public consultation and voter approval which will occur with referendums.  

If approved, the organizations would be liable to repay the loans over the next 20 years. 

The referendum dates have yet to be announced. 

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