The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is asking for your help with the Whitetooth Legacy Fund.
“We have more than $1 million that can be used for the benefit of the community and we need input on how to move ahead with the distribution of these funds,” says Director Ron Oszust, Electoral Area A- Rural Golden and CSRD Board Chair, “We’ve scheduled a public meeting for June 22 in Golden to have the discussion with local residents.”
Currently, the Whitetooth Ski Hill Legacy Fund Bylaw allows the fund to aid in new recreational facilities, community parks, walkways and trails, multi-use facilities, cultural and historical facilities and any program that meets the intent and spirit of the fund.
“We understand that the community wants to move ahead and see these funds distributed and benefiting the community. To do that, we believe the conditions and Legacy Fund should be revisited and we need to again seek advice from the community to reaffirm priorities for the use of the funds,” said Chris Hambruch, Town of Golden Councillor.
In 2006, the Whitetooth Legacy Fund was established by the CSRD. That fund was intended to use the surplus funds from the sale of Golden’s previous ski hill, Whitetooth. The funding was used as “seed funding” to help develop community projects that benefit residents. Criteria required the seed funding is repaid to the legacy fund with interest, which created a legacy and ongoing source of community funding.
A well-known project that received funding from the Whitetooth Legacy Fund is the Golden Golf Course expansion project.
The CSRD is looking for feedback and ideas on how we can move the legacy fund forward. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday June 22 at the Golden Seniors Centre. This meeting will also cover the history of the legacy fund. For more information on the CSRD and the Whitetooth Legacy Fund, visit www.csrd.bc.ca.