Deputy Chief Election Officer Fred Banham explains the Peace River Regional District has also committed another $1.2 million through Fair Share funds, and it's hoped the rest will come from the service area around the school.
"So now we're looking for confirmation on the last one-third, and with a 'yes' vote, that will give the Regional District permission to borrow that $1.2 million."
It's estimated there are 910 eligible voters, from residences, businesses and industry. If approved, the $1.2 million would be repaid over five years, and it's estimated the residential tax rate would be 50 cents per $1,000 of the net taxable value of land and improvements. As the average assessment for homes in the area is between $150,000 and $200,000, residents could be looking at paying around $75 a year for five years. School District 60 will be responsible for the cost of operations and maintenance once it is built.
Banham says if the grant-in-aid isn't approved, School District 60 will have to go back to the drawing board to come up with other ways to get the funding, or change the scope of the project.
"This is only one-third of the project cost, so obviously we won't have enough money to say, 'make it go', but the School District is going to have to look at their options."
The bigger gym will be around the size of other junior high gyms in the district, and will be separate from the current one, which was built in 1969 for younger students.
Polls will be open at Clearview School, the Clayhurst Post Office, and the Peace River Regional District office in Fort St. John by the North Peace Leisure Pool from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.