Majority of Vernon candidates support governance review

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce asked candidates several questions

Virtually all of the Vernon mayoralty and councillor candidates want a study into governance.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates if they supported making a request to the province to fund a study to determine the potential benefits of governance changes in Greater Vernon.

“The response was near unanimous support for such a request,” said Dan Rogers, chamber general manager.

“Our members have long supported a move towards amalgamation as a means to streamline local government and make the region`s many local governments more efficient in responding to the opportunities for economic development.”

Rogers says a study would determine if there are benefits to local taxpayers from amalgamation or alternative governance models, so the air can be cleared once and for all.

Responses to questions presented to the Vernon candidates can be found at www.vernonchamber.ca.

“We know not everyone can come out to a public forum so by making this detailed information available online, we are helping our members and the public at large, become better informed about those running for public office,” said Rogers.

See more in Sunday’s Morning Star.