Spring vote in the works

Officials are furiously trying to hammer out plans for a possible cultural referendum

Officials are furiously trying to hammer out plans for a possible cultural referendum.

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee staff have been meeting with the Greater Vernon Museum and Vernon Public Art Galley on potentially holding a spring vote to borrow funds for new facilities.

“We are in a tight timeline,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

In August, GVAC directors voted to proceed to a spring 2014 referendum to borrow funds for a new art gallery and museum.

However, there are some outstanding issues to resolve, including which jurisdictions would participate financially in the service.

“Out of that will come the costs of what needs to be done leading up to a referendum,” said Nelson.

Political approval will also be required to hire a consultant to establish firm construction costs — possibly $17 million — as well as operating expenses.

The other matter to determine is when a referendum may be held and ensuring all legislative requirements for a referendum are met.

Nelson believes that even with all of the work that must still be done, a spring vote could occur.

“It will keep us busy through the fall. We want to make sure we are thorough,” she said.