It seems that a majority of local residents are leery about building a new Edson Multiplex out of fear of increased taxation.
This is not surprising. After all most people don’t want to see an increase in taxes, and this expense could raise taxes by up to $400 a year, in some cases, and that doesn’t include an increase in regular municipal taxes, but here’s the thing, we need some type of new recreational facility. Repsol Place won’t last forever and the main worry would have to be the ice plant and overall physical plant. I mean how long can the current furnace and other systems be expected to last?
Maybe we need a plebiscite to solve this question of whether we need a new multiplex. Or, on the other side of the coin, maybe we could run an Edson Multiplex Lottery? Revenue from a multiplex lottery could dramatically offset building costs. Then again, a lottery might not even be allowed under the Municipal Government Act. What with the UCP’s first budget coming up perhaps there will be fewer government grants for things such as new infrastructure. Then there’s the federal government. Whatever party wins this fall’s federal election the question is would they be willing to support an Edson Multiplex?
So I beg to ask, would local residents be willing to settle for a stripped-down version of a multiplex or would a complete bells and whistle package be preferred? There are tough questions that will have to be answered soon.
Meanwhile, the town and region keeps losing money from families who go to Whitecourt and Spruce Grove for their recreation. Choices must be made.
* There had been talk recently about not allowing People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxine Bernier to participate in upcoming federal election debates. Pollsters have predicted the PPC will only garner three to five per cent of the vote but I’m thinking Bernier should be allowed to participate. The people can then decide whether Bernier’s party, which has been accused of racist and other boorish practices would be worthy of their votes.
* So the powers that be are contemplating a ban on magnet fishing in Europe. Seems this is quite reasonable considering such a practice can get you killed. One guy recently brought up a First World War shell from the deep that contained mustard gas. The gas escaped and almost killed him. This magnet fishing sure seems a little risky to me.
* The vandals who severely damaged the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, B.C. were probably intent on seeing a bloodbath, which never materialized, thankfully. Hopefully they will be caught.