EDITORIAL: With a plethora of information, no reason to be uninformed on arts centre facts

The latest in a series of information meetings on the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts was held this week, with the City of Kamloops hosting two gatherings — one on the North Shore and one downtown.

The two meetings followed similar fact-finding events that have been hosted by various neighbourhood associations. There are likely more in store.

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What was evident at the meeting on Wednesday on McArthur Island — and at pervious gatherings hosted by the Sagebrush and Valleyview neighbourhood associations — is the need for accurate information to be disseminated.

The city has a wealth of information on the proposed arts centre, from budget to building specs to debt repayment to property tax implications to financing to fundraising.

That information was front and centre at various tables at Wednesday’s meeting and preceded an informative presentation.

It can be argued those who attended this week’s meetings should know enough to reach a decision as to how they will vote in the April 4 referendum, which will ask residents if they approve of the city borrowing up to $45 million to be used toward the total cost of the proposed arts centre.

The information was at the meetings and can also be found on the city’s website (kamloops.ca). Pertinent information can also be found online at kamloopsthisweek.com, where residents can find a plethora of articles, in addition to an ongoing series of arts centre fact checking features.

In short, there is no reason to be uninformed on this important issue — nor is there any reason to emulate fact-proof movements from south of the border and argue details are scarce or that up is down and black is white when the opposite is true.

The referendum will take place in 51 days. Do your part and get informed before deciding which way you will vote,

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