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Area D says 'No!'

No way!

That's what Area D voters said in defeating the City of Campbell River's referendum on joining the municipality in order to extend sewer services to an adjacent section of the Strathcona Regional District.

The no vote won the referendum with 589 votes while the yes side garnered 110 votes. The question put was: “Are you in favour of a boundary extension to include a portion of Electoral Area D within the boundaries of the City of Campbell River for the purpose of connecting to the City of Campbell River sanitary sewer service?”

The issue has been ongoing for two years, since the city first proposed amalgamation with northern Area D in order to get those properties off septic systems.

If the project went ahead, it would have cost Campbell River taxpayers an extra $24 a year in user fees for the next 20 years, in order to pay off a $3.9 million project debt.

Area D residents would have been expecteded to pay $9,300, either in one lump sum or over the course of 20 years, likely starting in 2015. They would have had five years to connect to the city’s sewer system and pay an additional $1,800 connection fee. A third cost would be to connect their home to the sewer line, an amount that would vary from home to home.

The vote brought to an end months of frustration from many Area D residents who have repeatedly asked the city to leave them alone, have shown no interest in joining the city and protested the city’s proposal by putting up signs in Area D that encourage residents to vote ‘no’.

– with files from Kristen Douglas

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