News Release - Referendum Triggered on LIP Funding Model for City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project
Referendum Triggered on LIP Funding Model for City’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project
MOOSE JAW - A petition regarding the Local Improvement Program (LIP) for the City of Moose Jaw’s Cast Iron Water Main Replacement Project has been verified and a referendum will be voted on by Moose Jaw residents during the general election on Oct. 26, 2016.
According to The Cities Act (Saskatchewan), when 10 per cent or more of the population of a municipality supports a petition a referendum is triggered. Once the petition is received, it must be verified. The City contracted an outside agency to perform this verification and the sufficiency report of the petition was accepted by City Council last night.
After surveying residents in 2015 and receiving final approval from the Saskatchewan Municipal Board Council earlier this year, Mayor Deb Higgins and the majority of Council approved the LIP funding model for the cast iron water main replacement program. It was chosen as the fairest and most balanced approach for delivering the water main project.
“We thank Moose Jaw residents for their participation in the petition process,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “We are exploring options to help us provide more information to the public on the cast iron project, the LIP model and other funding options so they can make an informed decision on October 26.”
City administration will continue to provide the public with information in the coming weeks about the cast iron water main replacement project, the LIP funding model, other funding alternatives and about the referendum.