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City asks regional district for joint review of rec services

The City of Campbell River has sent a letter to the Strathcona Regional District board requesting the district to participate in a joint review of community recreation services.

The letter will be discussed by the board in August at the earliest and outlines city council’s interest in identifying potential opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings related to community recreation facilities and programs.

“Campbell River tax dollars are at a premium, and with the city providing 85 per cent of the funding for the Strathcona Gardens budget, council has determined it is in the best interest of taxpayers to review the operation of recreation facilities and services provided to the community to look for improvements,” says Coun. Andy Adams, liaison to the Strathcona Gardens Commission. “There is excellent cooperation between the two recreation functions, and council believes we should look at every possibility to streamline service delivery to reduce costs.”

Council adopted a motion that the regional district and the city issue a joint proposal to review options for governance and operation of recreational services.

“We hope the board and particularly our partner in Area D will support this review,” Adams says.

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