ROTHENBURGER – Five hurdles the performing arts centre must cross

Ron and Rae Fawcett talk to media after meeting with City council this week on a new vision for a PAC. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

IT’S A PRETTY SAFE assumption that another referendum on a performing arts centre is in the cards. The challenge will be to get it over the 50 per cent threshold. Since the 2015 referendum fell just short with a 46 per cent vote in favour of approval, that means a four per cent turn-around is needed.

Maybe the numbers crunchers at City Hall can do some magic and figure out how to avoid the need for a referendum but I very much doubt it. After grants, donations, reserves and fundraising efforts are tallied up, taxpayers are still going to have to come to the table and a referendum is the likely way to do it.

Earlier this week I urged the naysayers to ask the tough questions but with a view to making this project doable rather than resisting it before they have full information.

Unfortunately, some are already rejecting it out of hand before the financials have even been calculated.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Five hurdles the performing arts centre must cross

  1. A carbon footprint offset also needs to be included. With some shrewd thinking the nature park at MacArthur Island would’ve worked quite well…plan B needs to be drawn up concurrently to plan A. For sure a realistic and easily understood financial plan and parking plan needs to be fully and unambiguously disclosed.
    The role of council members is not necessarily to be fully onside but it is imperative their roles is to make sure all questions (obvious and not so obvious) are answered.
    The Fawcetts generosity should be strategically used to gather an overwhelming community support, for which I will be more than happy to donate.

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