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Taxpayers First slate has plans for the Central Okanagan Regional District

Taxpayers First unveiled one of their key election campaign platforms Tuesday. They would like to see a multi-storey commercial/residential building on the current Regional District lot on K.L.O. Road.
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October 28, 2014 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA – The slate of five council hopefuls known as Taxpayers First have unveiled a plan that, if elected, would put a massive, multi-storey commercial/residential building on the current Regional District lot on KLO Road as part of a restructuring plan.

Taxpayers First, made up of Carol Gran, Graham James, Dale Olson, Michael Gorman and Billy Aaltonen, have promised to implement a zero per cent tax increase for the four years they are on council. In a video released on their website Tuesday, James says to do that, they plan to reduce the overlap between the City of Kelowna and the Regional District.

“Carol and I have been at City Hall, we’ve been councillors,” he says. “We know some of the waste that is there.”

The immense building would take up almost half of the ten acre lot and include new offices for the Regional District, a library and residential condominiums. The lot is on KLO Road next to Okanagan College.

“Our plan will create affordable housing for families, seniors and students and will be its own centre,” says Aaltonen, the newest candidate to join the original slate of three.

James says they expect to save approximately $5 million a year through restructuring alone.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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