Coldstream shoots down amalgamation study

The push to investigate governance options in Greater Vernon has sustained a significant blow.

Coldstream council voted unanimously Monday not to ask the provincial government to fund a study into the pros and cons of merging the municipality with Vernon and the two electoral areas.

"It's not in the best interest of Coldstream to proceed with this," said Coun. Pat Cochrane, who made the motion to turn down the request from the Greater Vernon Governance Society.

Councillors stated that amalgamation would dilute Coldstream residents' say over major issues and likely lead to increased taxes, while a study would consume financial resources and staff time.

"They didn't present any rational reason for going to a study and referendum," said Coun. Peter McClean of the society.

The society recently collected 3,160 names, including 816 from Coldstream, asking for a study on governance in Greater Vernon.

Vernon council will make a decision on the society request Jan. 27 while the electoral area directors are also considering the possibility of a study.

Look for more in Wednesday's Morning Star.

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