Cultural centers

Support the cultural center? Do nothing… Oppose it? Completing the Voter Response Form – Vernon News

If you are eligible to vote in a regular election, you may vote through the North Okanagan Cultural Center’s alternative approval process.

In response to inquiries from residents about who can vote, the North Okanagan Regional District said in an email, “Any resident living (residing) in the jurisdiction is eligible to vote. It doesn’t matter how many live under the same roof.

Residents of Vernon, Coldstream and RDNO Areas B and C have the opportunity to object to the $28 million loan for construction of the center, which would be located in downtown Vernon, by filling out a form voter response.

If they are in favor of the project, which would house a new museum, art gallery and performance space, they have nothing to do.

A resident confused by the wording of the Voter Response Form told Castanet via email: “The form states that only one owner can sign the Voter Response Form… It confused us, us and our neighbor, thinking only one could submit. Very poor representation for an already controversial process.”

In an email response, RDNO Corporate Services Clerk Colleen Reardon wrote: “You and your wife are eligible to vote. However (you) must meet the qualifications below.”

Be 18 years of age or older, be a Canadian citizen, have lived in British Columbia for at least six months, and live in the AAP zone.

Only one person can sign in the case of non-resident owners.

The form states: “Only one owner may sign the Voter Response Form when a property is owned by more than one person – the person signing must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners to sign. When a property is wholly or partly owned by a corporation, no one has the right to sign the form. »

Initial plans for the center were for nearly $40 million, with a loan of $25 million, but were scaled back to cut costs.

Since the initial approval of the referendum in 2018 was conditional on obtaining grants from the top government for the remainder, the RDNO moved to the alternative approval process, which would see the project go ahead for less than 10 % (5635) of voters oppose it.

Opponents have until 4 p.m. on May 2 to submit a Voter Response Form to the RDNO, either by mail or online.