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Performing arts centre referendum: Are you in favour of a $49M debt?

May 25, 2015 - 11:48 AM

KAMLOOPS – Are you in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $49 million to design and construct the parkade and performing arts centre complex? That will likely be the official question of a fall referendum.

A steering committee looked at several questions and came back recommending this one because it was the 'clearest and simplest.' The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development also found the question acceptable but preferred to add that the action is to adopt a loan authorization bylaw. 

After reviewing possible voting dates, the committee recommended Nov. 7. As per provincial legislation all referendums must be held on Saturdays.

The public was presented with the cost and subsequent debt of the performing arts centre on April 9. A contentious issue going forward was the cost of the centre including a parkade. While the whole project has a preliminary estimate of $90 million, $25 million of that is for a parking structure. Council agreed previously the referendum question had to include the construction of a parkade because it cannot be separated from the initial building.

City council is expected to make the decision this week at the regular council meeting Tuesday, May 26.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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