Mayor of Dawson Creek encouraging residents to vote

On Saturday, Dawson Creek residents will get to vote on the fate of a borrowing bylaw proposed by City Council.

Mayor Mike Bernier says it all started when the city proposed borrowing around 9.9 million dollars over three years, which would be spent on capital projects.

But, more than ten per cent of the community voiced their concerns, saying they did not want the city to get the loan for various reasons.

Bernier says City Councilors decided to hold a referendum and let the residents decide.

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Capital projects include street repairs and building improvements. The EnCana Events Centre, Fire Hall and City Hall are just a few projects on the list.

Bernier says he would rather fund these projects now, when the economy is in a slump, to avoid higher costs in the future.

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Bernier says it’s also important to know that the money will only be borrowed and spent if required. So, if the city receives a federal or provincial grant, that money will offset the need to borrow.

On November 21st, residents can head to the EnCana Events Centre between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and vote.

For more information on the borrowing referendum, visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website at www.dawsoncreek.ca

For a story on those who oppose the proposed bylaw, Click Here.