Opponents of the city’s plan to borrow $42.3 million to build a new police services building appear to be few and far between—or at least they were not willing to sign petitions saying so.
On Friday, Kelowna’s city clerk has validated the results of the controversial “alternate approval process” used by city hall to gain public approval to borrow the money.
According to the clerk’s office, just 198 people registered their opposition to the borrowing. That translates to just 0.2 per cent of electors.
In order to force council to consider holding a vote or reconsider the entire plan, at least 10 per cent of voters (9,484 residents) had to register their opposition within the 30-day period that ended March 28.
Kelowna city council will receive a certificate of sufficiency for the AAP March 31, during its regular Monday afternoon council meeting.
The alternative approval process process, which bypasses a public vote in favour of putting the onus on opponents when it comes to large-scale city borrowing, is a similar form of “negative option billing” that is illegal among private businesses in B.C.
The sufficiency reports are available online at kelowna.ca/council.