How much is the Meredith Centre costing you, Chelsea?

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on February 25, 2015

An aerial shot of the Meredith Centre snapped in April 2012 shortly before it opened to the public. Mashall-Maruska photo

An aerial shot of the Meredith Centre snapped in April 2012 shortly before it opened to the public. Mashall-Maruska photo

$52 a median tax bill.

That was the original price the Chelsea municipality told taxpayers the Meredith Centre would cost them: $52 per household over 20 years for capital costs.

Back in 2009, the year of Chelsea’s controversial referendum, a lot of attention was focused on how much debt the municipality would take on in order to construct the Meredith Centre, and not as much on how much the facility would cost the taxpayer overall.

Turns out, in 2015, the median taxpayer in Chelsea – based on a property valued at $390,000 – will pay over $200 per household for the Meredith Centre.

According to documents obtained by the Low Down and confirmation from the municipality, capital costs for the Meredith Centre total $60 per median household each year, spread out over the next 25 years. Taxpayers are shouldering an additional $148.80 for operating costs.

According to Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green, the agreement has always been that the municipality would cover some of the centre’s operating costs.

“It’s always been like that,” Green told the Low Down. “The electricity, water [and] sewage contracts, heating for the old community centre was paid for by the municipality.”

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Wakefield biathlete beats out Albertans, brings home gold

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on February 25, 2015

 

Biathlon athlete Teo Sanchez (right) celebrates a gold medal win in men’s relay along with teammates Zachari Bolduc (centre), and Félix Bérubé (left) at the Canada Winter Games. Photo courtesy Canada Games

With 50 metres left to the finish line, Teo Sanchez was skiing hard when he felt the light weight of a flag dropped onto his back.

“My wax tech gave me the Quebec flag to ski over the [finish line] with,” Sanchez said.

The Wakefield biathlete brought home gold from Canada’s Winter Games held in Prince George, BC – it was just one of three medals to decorate the Chelsea Nordiq athlete.

“It was pretty amazing. I’m out there representing the province, adding to the overall medal counts of all the sports,” Sanchez said. “That’s huge.”

Sanchez, 17, competed in four races from Feb. 13 to 20, taking home two bronze medals for solo events – the 15km men’s individual and 12.5km men’s pursuit. His gold was for a biathlon relay race.

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Studying at St. Mike’s, but not for exams

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