City seeks public support for pool plans


Penticton city council is now looking to the public for approval to borrow up to $7.4 million for a proposed expansion of the Penticton community centre pool.

Unless at least 2,660 city residents (10 per cent of eligible voters) sign a counter-petition by April 27 to force a referendum on the issue, the city will be in a legal position to borrow the approximate one-third local share of the funding.

The project is contingent on the city receiving federal-provincial funding for two-thirds of the estimated $23.8-million total cost. If a grant is not approved, the project will not proceed.

The public will get an opportunity to view plans for the pool expansion at a pair of open houses at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Two-tier rec fees meet mixed response

JOHN MOORHOUSE, Penticton Herald, 03/12/2009

Penticton city council‘s move to a two-tier recreation fee schedule has city officials scrambling to meet the June 1 implementation date.

In a bid to boost city revenues by an estimated $40,000, council wants out-of-town users of Penticton recreational facilities to be charged more than city residents. The new fees are designed to gain more revenue from residents who don‘t contribute tax money.

However, city administrator Leo den Boer said Wednesday details as to what form the two-tier system will take, have yet to be determined.

“There are a large number of questions which need answers before we can even consider implementing such a proposal,” he stated. “I would see staff reporting back to council at some point and seek further direction.”