Museum Society stands by commitment not to ask taxpayers to fund its costs

By on June 3, 2015

Dear Editor:

The article on p.15 of the May 27 Osoyoos Times entitled, “Council helps museum with contract costs,” has created some unintentional misunderstandings.

The $42,000 which the Osoyoos Museum Society requested was from the Capital Reserve Account at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and not from the Town of Osoyoos.

When the referendum to purchase the property on Main Street for the new museum was approved, the RDOS and the Town of Osoyoos agreed to create a Capital Reserve Account in which monthly lease payments from Home Builders would accumulate and could be withdrawn to help fund the capital costs of the new museum.

To withdraw funds from the Capital Reserve Account, the museum society must apply to the RDOS along with supporting documentation. The RDOS then sends the request to the Town of Osoyoos for its review and approval.

A representative of the museum attends the Council meeting to answer any questions that may arise.

Once approved by the Town of Osoyoos, the request goes back to the RDOS for approval by its Board of Directors. Following approval by RDOS, the funds are transferred to the Osoyoos Museum Society where they are kept in a separate bank account and used only for costs relating to the capital project.

The museum is continuing its efforts to raise the money required for the new museum project and stands by its commitment to not ask taxpayers to fund the cost.

Mat Hassen, President,

Osoyoos Museum Society

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