A conceptual design of Vernon's new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)

Is this the time for Vernon cultural and active living centres?

LETTER: Resident asks politicians to look at their spending

I am asking the mayor and council to please stop and take a breath and look at their spending.

Cultural centre – they cannot even make their own deadline date, it should be shelved no new referendum (if alternate approval process denies borrowing).

The new $90 million recreation centre – should be shelved and forgot as they cannot even agree on anything. Also show me numbers that justify this not questions tailored to get the response they want. Also why have valuable recreation areas at opposite ends of the city, build in the centre where everyone has easy access to it -no to a referendum.

Now there is a request for who knows how much of a bike park – shelve and do not give it a thought. We have accommodated bikers with bike lanes, bike parks and the OK trail – forget about this for now

The gondola at Predator Ridge – if it costs us the taxpayers anything okay let it go and make Predator Ridge a separate area and they pay for their own fire fighting, policing as a town.

Then the new flood mitigation – this has been a problem since 1959 so why are they just now trying to fix it. In the 20 years I lived in Vernon Polson Park has always had a flooding problem. Give us total value of work that is involved and make this a priority.

The reason for all this is simple cost of fuel going up – tourism will go down as to expensive. Cost of living is going up – this is causing people to spend less. Finally no one knows what this world will look like in a year a so if we back off on spending maybe we will come out in the end in a good position.

Garry Haas

READ MORE: Coldstream, rural areas bow out of Vernon’s active living centre project

READ MORE: Approval sought for smaller, cheaper Greater Vernon cultural centre


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