Duncan-Cowichan Chamber aims to pack Duncan council over $6,000

The Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is hoping to pack the house at the Duncan city council meeting Monday night, Nov. 21

The Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is hoping to pack the house at the Duncan city council meeting Monday night, Nov. 21 starting at 6 p.m.

At issue is a move by the City to cut $6,000 from the annual funding for the Cowichan Regional Visitors Centre, which would leave Duncan’s contribution at $24,000 instead of the expected $30,000, according to Sonja Nagel, executive director of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce.

“We were surprised at that,” she said, adding that the chamber had made a full presentation, with budget, earlier this fall, explaining the need for the money.

Another problem with the funding from Duncan is that it comes from the grants-in-aid program, rather than being a line item in the municipal budget, as the municipality of North Cowichan has decided to do.