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Taxpayer effort to halt city borrowing comes up short

A bid to put the brakes on city plans to borrow $32 million for 11 different capital projects has come up well short.

None of the 11 projects came up with the requisite 5,546 signatures, through the alternative approval process, to force the city to rethink the projects.

The City of Prince George received the following total number of valid elector response forms for each proposed bylaw:

  1. Equipment Financing Bylaw No. 9007, 2019: 2,913
  2. Mausoleum Expansion Phase 2 Bylaw No. 9008, 2019: 2,825
  3. Civic Facility Roofs Replacements 2019 – 2022 Bylaw No. 9009, 2019: 2,850
  4. Aquatic Centre Renewal and Upgrade Bylaw No. 9010, 2019: 2,901
  5. Masich Stadium Amenities Refurbish Bylaw No. 9011, 2019: 2,903
  6. Ron Brent Park Redevelopment Phase 2 & 3 Bylaw No. 9012, 2019: 2,967
  7. 14th Avenue Upgrades (Irwin Street to Freeman Street) Bylaw No. 9013, 2019: 2,897
  8. Domano and St. Lawrence Signalization Bylaw No. 9014, 2019: 2,756
  9. Highway 16 West Frontage – Heyer Road to Henry Road Bylaw No. 9015, 2019: 2,795
  10. Goose Country Road Culvert Replacement Bylaw No. 9016, 2019: 2,850
  11. Critical Street Light and Traffic Signal Replacement Bylaw No. 9017, 2019: 2,797

Given that the city did not receive elector response forms surpassing 10 per cent of the total number of electors for any of the proposed bylaws, elector approval has been achieved and each bylaw will be considered for final reading and adoption by Council during its regular meeting on Monday, June 10.

Approval of the electors for an individual bylaw is obtained if the number of valid Elector Response Forms received by the deadline in relation to that bylaw is less than 10% of the number of electors. In Prince George, 10 per cent of the city’s 55,455 electors is 5,546.