Vernon residents will decide in Oct. 15 referendum if city can borrow millions for proposed Active Living Centre

City wants to borrow money

This fall, residents of Vernon will grant or deny the city permission to borrow millions of dollars for one of the biggest projects the region has ever seen.

And to help people make an educated decision, the city has launched an information campaign.

On Oct. 15, eligible voters will be asked if they are in favour of borrowing funds for the purpose of developing the proposed Active Living Centre – a new multi-purpose indoor recreation facility.

The recreation centre, which would be built at the new park planned for the former Kin Racetrack site, is expected to cost in excess of $120 million.

At its regular meeting Aug. 15, council endorsed a comprehensive strategic communication plan intended to help citizens in Vernon become aware of the project, its details, financial implications for Vernon taxpayers, and how eligible voters can participate in the referendum process.

With council’s endorsement, the city has officially launched an information campaign that has been developed to share accurate, fact-based information about the project and the referendum process to help empower Vernon voters to make an informed decision on Oct. 15.

“The proposed Active Living Centre is a significant project for the Vernon area and there is a lot of detailed information to share with voters,” said Christy Poirier, communications and grants manager.

“Therefore, we are putting a big focus on getting out into the community so residents can talk directly with staff, review material together, ask questions, and receive answers in real time. If members of the public would prefer to review material online, we’ve also developed a webpage where they can find a list of frequently asked questions, relevant reports and conceptual drawings of the facility, among other things.”

Between now and Oct. 15, the city will be offering a number of ways for the public to easily access information and learn about the project and the referendum.

As more community events, open houses and pop-up information booths are confirmed, updates will be provided to the community.

Upcoming community events:

  • Aug. 18: 2900 Plaza Downtown Sounds (2900 block of 30th Avenue) @ 6pm
  • Sept. 23: BC Culture Days at Polson Park
  • Sept. 24: Vernon Vipers hockey game
  • Oct. 1 – 2: Vernon Fall Home Show at Kal Tire Place
  • Oct. 7: Vernon Vipers hockey game
  • Oct. 8: Vernon Vipers hockey game
  • Oct. 14: Vernon Vipers hockey game

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