Kamloops council has approved the appointment election officers, thus officially starting the clock in advance of this year’s municipal election cycle.
Voters will head to the polls on Oct. 15, 2022, to elect a new Kamloops council and a new Thompson-Nicola Regional District board.
Amanda Passmore will be chief election officer and Courtney Ranger and Natalie Garbay will be deputy chief election officers. The budget is $148,000, including contingency for anticipated overtime.
Some community discussion has occurred over whether funding for a proposed performing-arts centre could be a question on the ballot. Garbay told KTW council would have to bring forward request, with a deadline to do so around May.
The latest recreational facilities update provided by staff to council identified the arts centre as the top priority. The project was shelved when a referendum scheduled for April 2020 to ask residents to borrow up to $45 million was cancelled at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In November 2021, council approved a plan to liaise with the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society this year, with design work for the project to begin a couple of years down the road.