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Civic election spending limits set

Elections for councils, school boards and regional district boards across the province will take place on Oct. 15, with the campaign period during which spending limits apply being from Sept. 17 to Oct. 15
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Elections BC has released spending limits for candidates and third-party advertisers during the campaign period for this year’s civic elections.

Elections for councils, school boards and regional district boards across the province will take place on Oct. 15, with the campaign period during which spending limits apply being from Sept. 17 to Oct. 15.

The expense limits differ for each municipality, regional district and school district and are calculated based on population.

In Kamloops, each mayoral candidate will have a spending limit of $67,295.77 and each councillor candidate will have a spending limit of $34,080.90.

In School District 73, spending limits for trustee candidates are $33,959.40 for those running within the City of Kamloops and range from $5,398.92 to $7,812.72 for trustees seeking seats in rural areas of the school district.

In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, which elects directors in 10 electoral areas, each board candidate will have a spending limit of $5,398.92.

In the 2018 civic election, Ken Christian spent $17,190 during his successful re-election bid, while Mike O’Reilly led the way among council candidates, spending $23,280 in his successful campaign to secure a seat on council.

Overall, the nine elected members of council spent a combined $120,600 during the 2018 civic election campaign.

There are new rules for third-party sponsors, with limits placed on sponsorship contributions made by eligible individuals to third-party sponsors. An eligible individual may give a total of $1,250.00 to each third-party sponsor.

There will be a pre-campaign period beginning on July 18 and ending on Sept. 17. Third-party advertising rules will apply during this period and any third-party sponsoring election advertising during this time must be registered with Elections BC and advertising expenses must be disclosed within 90 days after the Oct. 15 civic election.

Third-party advertising sponsors in local elections must register with Elections BC before conducting any advertising, include their name and contact information on all advertising, be independent and not sponsor advertising on behalf of, or together with, a candidate or elector organization, not spend more than the expense limits and file a disclosure statement.

In the City of Kamloops election, the third-party advertising limit about a candidate or electoral organization (civic political party) is $3,364.79. In School District 73, it is $1,697.97 for city candidates and $809.84 for rural candidates. In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, it is $809.84.