VERNON — Out with the old and in with the new, that’s what Vernon taxpayers have voted on when it comes to the aging Civic Arena.
In the referendum, residents voted in favour of borrowing $13.25-million to put a second sheet of ice at Kal Tire Place, to replace the existing Civic Arena.
Out of a total of 47,466 estimated electors, 16 per cent voted in the referendum; 56 per cent voted yes and 44 per cent voted no.
Here is a breakdown of the official voting results from the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO):
General voting continues at polling stations until 8:00 p.m.
Twenty-five hundred people voted in advance polls.
Forty-seven thousand are eligible to vote in the referendum.
The referendum question asks voters if they are in favour of the RDNO borrowing up to $13,250,000 to finance the construction of a second ice sheet at the Vernon and District Multi-Use Facility.
According to the City of Vernon’s website, the RDNO conducted a comprehensive review of the facility which found many of the 80-year-old arena’s operating systems are deteriorating.
“[There is] risk of imminent failure and the cost for the required renovations to keep the Civic Arena Functional for five years would be $5.6-million,” according to the city’s website.
Results will be posted as they become available.
–with files from Neetu Garcha and Megan Turcato