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West Kelowna council pushes new city hall with alternative approval process

An artist's rendition of the proposed West Kelowna civic centre project is pictured in this contributed image. The City of West Kelowna will ask residents for permission to borrow up to $10.5 million for the development which will include a new city hall.
Image Credit: Contributed/City of West Kelowna
March 23, 2016 - 11:15 AM

TEN PER CENT OF VOTERS MUST REGISTER DISAPPROVAL TO STOP WEST KELOWNA FROM FINANCING NEW CITY HALL

WEST KELOWNA - If you’re opposed to West Kelowna borrowing $10.5 million to build a new city hall, here’s your chance to stop the project.

Beginning today, March 23, through to May 3 voters in West Kelowna can register their opposition during the alternative approval process the city is using to move the project forward.

Under the alternative approval process, if 10 per cent or 2,603 of eligible West Kelowna voters register their opposition, it forces a city-wide referendum on the same question, if council chooses to continue with the proposal.

If less than 2,603 forms are registered, the financing plan for the new city hall will be considered approved.

Forms are available at West Kelowna municipal hall, 2760 Cameron Rd., or through the city’s website. The forms must be submitted no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 3.

Mayor Doug Findlater and other members of West Kelowna council are hosting an open house April 6 about the city hall project and where it fits into the city’s civic plan.

The open house runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westbank Lions Hall, 2466 Main St. in West Kelowna.

West Kelowna last used the alternative approval process a year ago to gain approval to change its status to a city from a district municipality.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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