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Council votes in favor of borrowing funds for aquatic centre

During a council meeting on October 18th, Yellowknife councilors voted in favor of seeking voter approval for the City to borrow up to $10,001,000 to finance the development of the aquatic centre.

A referendum to determine if the city can borrow the required money will take place on November 23rd.

If a majority of eligible voters vote in favour of the city borrowing to fund a portion of the construction cost, the City will enter into an agreement with Clark Builders.

Work on the proposed aquatic centre will then begin in 2022.

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Mayor Rebecca Alty says the city is now at a critical step in the development of the project and are turning to the community.

“This is a community decision and I encourage all eligible voters to learn about this project, cast their vote, and have their say,” she adds.

To vote, eligible voters are encouraged to cast their vote through a mail-in ballot. They must register to vote by October 23rd in order to receive their ballot in the mail.

Voters who register after this date will be required to attend a voter assistance location to cast their ballot. The locations at the Multiplex and Tree of Peace will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Ballots must be received by the City by 7:00 p.m. and may be returned by pre-paid mail, dropped off at City Hall or taken to one of the two voter assistance locations.

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The latest information on the proposed aquatic centre is available on the City’s website.

The aquatic centre is scheduled to be completed by September 2024.

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