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Posted on: April 27, 2016

Alternative Approval Process Deadline Approaching

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2016

CITY HALL ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS DEADLINE APPROACHING

West Kelowna residents are reminded that the deadline for submitting forms opposing the borrowing of funds for a proposed City Hall is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

The City of West Kelowna undertook an Alternative Approval Process beginning March 23 to poll West Kelowna voters on the proposed borrowing of up to $10.5 million to build a new City Hall, part of the much bigger West Kelowna Civic Centre Project.

Only voters who are opposed to borrowing the funds for this project must submit forms indicating their opposition. Voters who approve of borrowing the funds do not need to submit forms. Forms are available now at Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, or online at www.westkelownacity.ca. Forms must be received at Municipal Hall by 4 p.m. on May 3, either hand delivered or by mail.

The proposed new West Kelowna City Hall is located at 3641 Elliott Road. The 32,215 sq. ft., three-storey City Hall includes expansion space for future requirements that can be leased out for additional municipal revenue until it is needed. The total budget breakdown for the City Hall project is as follows:

    Total Maximum Project Budget: $14.8 million
    Construction: $11.1 million
    Contingency: $1 million
    Land: $655,000
    Furniture & Equipment: $1 million
    Fees & charges: $370,000
    Miscellaneous (includes investment to date ie: consultant and design): $675,000
    Total Maximum Borrowing Amount: $10.5 million
    Funding from Gas Tax & Reserves: $4.3 million

The City has budgeted debt repayment within the current 10-year financial plan and no tax increase above the already projected 3% increases in the plan will be required to fund this project.

The proposed City Hall is part of the larger West Kelowna Civic Centre Project which is a public-private partnership with Strategic Development Group involving privately-owned land at 3641 Elliott Road. Ownership of all land associated with the new City Hall will be transferred to the City of West Kelowna once all construction agreements have been finalized.

West Kelowna taxpayers are asked to approve borrowing up to $10.5 million to build a City Hall on the site, and the Strategic Development Group has proposed to build an office building and two residential buildings as well as a public plaza on the site (with costs to be borne by the private developer).

In December 2015, Council announced that Interior Health has agreed to locate its services within the (neighbouring) office building, contingent on West Kelowna receiving voter approval to borrow for its City Hall portion of the project.

More information, including the plans for the Mt. Boucherie Complex and Strategic Development Group and Interior Health’s involvement as well as frequently asked questions and answers can be found at www.westkelownacity.ca, find the homepage link AAP/City Hall

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