Hartland-area LSDs to vote on proposed community complex

Residents in several local service districts in the Hartland area will vote this week on a tax hike to help finance a $7.2-million facility to replace the aging Hartland Arena.

The local service districts of Brighton, Coldstream, Simonds, Somerville and Wakefield are being asked to pay an extra 7.5 cents per $100 of property tax assessment for the next 20 years.

Travis Dickinson, who is part of the steering committee for the regional complex, says the current arena is in need of a complete replacement.

"Over the last several years, the facility has been patched, repaired, duct-taped and glued in order to be maintained and used for everything from hockey and public skating to trade shows and Summer Fun Park," said Dickinson in a statement.

According to the committee, the federal and provincial governments have been asked to contribute $2.5 million each, while $1.7 million would be fundraised.

The rest of the money, said Dickinson, would come from the town and the local service districts.

"Local service districts are being asked for support because the citizens of Hartland can no longer afford to carry the cost on their own," he said.

"For a new complex to be built, it needs support from the communities that share in its use."

Dickinson said the accessible and energy-efficient facility would include an all-season walking track, multipurpose rooms, a modern canteen, accessible community room, dressing rooms and a larger ice surface.

Several public information sessions were held late last month to give community members a chance to ask questions and learn more about the project, he said.

Residents in the Simonds, Brighton and Coldstream LSDs will cast their ballots on Wednesday (Dec. 6) while those in Somerville and Wakefield will head to the polls on Thursday (Dec. 7).