The Regional District of North Okanagan board is debating how best to get voter opinion on a big ticket item for a local search group.
Chair Bob Fleming says the plan at this point is to use an alternate approval process to determine if money is borrowed for a new home for Vernon Search and Rescue.
“The dollar figure involved is borrowing up to $3.5 million, but there could be more discussion about that figure, and perhaps it could be worked down,” Fleming tells Beach Radio News.
Fleming says Coldstream has indicated a reluctance to use that process.
“It now goes out to the communities to take a look at it, and render their opinion.”
Fleming says going to a district-wide referendum could cost up to 150-thousand dollars.
“This would be from the far end of Area F and Area E, and through all the municipalities and electoral areas in between.”
The funds would be used to buy property and construct a new building for the search group.
The loan authorization bylaw also has to get provincial approval, which Fleming estimates could take a month.