The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) spans both municipal and rural boundaries to deliver services to wide areas with common needs. The services offered by the regional district are varied, and include services like fire protection, recreation, library, waste management and utility systems.
The CRD is a regional government that functions independently of the provincial government. It was incorporated in 1968. The CRD consists of 12 electoral areas and four incorporated member municipalities, including Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, and Wells. The Cariboo Regional District presently serves an estimated population of just over 60,000 residents, based on the 2011 population census.
Located in the BC Central Interior, the Cariboo Regional District straddles Highway 97 from 70 Mile in the south to five kilometres south of Hixon in the north, from the Cariboo Mountains in the east to the Coastal Mountains in the west. The region covers an area of 80,262 square kilometres.
A Board of Directors formed by 12 Electoral Area Directors and four Municipal Directors governs the Cariboo Regional District. The Electoral Area Directors are elected directly by area voters and Municipal Directors are appointed by their Council. All directors serve for a four year term. Every year, the Board of Directors selects its own Chair, and appoints members to sit on committees that deal with various regional concerns.
The Board of Directors has the responsibility to act in one clear voice for the corporate interests of all residents of the Cariboo Regional District. The Board must also respond to the needs of the many different constituencies within the Regional District, determine the appropriate tax consequences for delivering needed services, and communicate with taxpayers on what services will be provided and how they will be delivered.
The Cariboo Regional District administers three different types of services. First, the CRD provides region-wide services, such as library services. For these services, all taxpayers in the District contribute to the costs, and have similar access to the services.
Second, the Cariboo Regional District delivers sub-regional services, such as recreational facilities, where municipal and rural residents supply the services in partnership.
Finally, the CRD provides local services, such as street lighting and fire protection, where only local residents benefit from specific services in their area. In order to pay for the costs, a line is drawn around only those taxpayers benefiting from the service.
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