West Kelowna votes on new city hall in September referendum

An artist's rendition of the proposed West Kelowna civic centre project is pictured in this contributed image.
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WEST KELOWNA - Voters will go to the polls in mid-September to decide via referendum the future of a new city hall in West Kelowna.

The city wants authorization from voters to spend up to $7.7 million on a new city hall and will hold a citywide referendum Sept. 17.

The new lower price tag for the project was made possible by applying a $1.5 million surplus from 2015 along with $308,000 from the city yards reserve fund, according to a West Kelowna media release.

Voters in May balked at the original price tag of $14.8 million where the city would have borrowed $10.5 million.

The city used the alternative approval process to make the request but it was shot down when more than 10 per cent of the electorate sent in a form indicating their opposition.

The proposed city hall would be a three-story, 32,000 sq. ft building and is part of the larger West Kelowna civic centre project.

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