$1000s spent on track case

The City of Vernon spent thousands of dollars in legal fees fighting its side in the battle over the Kin Race Track land, although the full cost has not been revealed.

The city and the Okanagan Equestrian Society went to B.C. Supreme Court in September after the two sides failed to resolve their differences through negotiations.

The 2017 budget shows $100,000 was set aside for all of the city's legal costs during the year.

But, during budget deliberations before council on Wednesday, the city's top employee confirmed that the cost of that court fight had taken legal costs notably higher.

“We anticipate being signficantly overspent,” said Will Pearce, chief executive officer.

Pearce did not say by how much and he expressed the hope the case “was a one-time event.”

Final submissions in the race track legal battle were handed to the judge hearing the case in early October.

“We are awaiting the ruling at this time. It is anticipated it will come in the first quarter of 2018,” Pearce said.

The equestrian society had appealed for public donations for its legal costs and is still seeking funds.

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