Proposed sports complex referendum details online

With some Greater Vernon residents starting to ask questions, promotion of a proposed sports complex is being kicked up a notch.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has added a page to its website that it is dedicated to the April referendum that would see $8.5 million borrowed for a running track and sports field next to Okanagan College.

“Every citizen will have access to this,” said Patrick Nicol, chairperson.

While officials have been attending special community events, it was decided to post details online so there can be a more immediate relationship with residents.

“We are responding as we receive questions,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

Among the issues discussed on the website are the reasons for a facility and the impact on households if $8.5 million is borrowed during an April referendum.

“We have been thorough about breaking it (cost) down,” said Nelson, adding that the website provides a calculator so each property can determine how they will be impacted by the referendum.

The website also includes a concept plan with a 3D interpretation of the facility.

“Being able to have the fly-over view is really good,” said director Bob Fleming.

It’s expected that other avenues of providing details to residents will be considered as the April vote draws near.

“We’re early in the process but appropriate information is necessary,” said director Rob Sawatzky.

“People can’t make an informed decision without the information being available.”

Sports complex details can be found at


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