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Council allots $70M for Seton recreation centre

Residents and community members in Seton can now begin fundraising for their recreation centre after city council voted to appropriate $70 million in funds for it.

Residents and community members in Seton can now begin fundraising for their recreation centre after city council voted to appropriate $70 million in funds for it.

Fundraisers and private industry will pick up the rest of the bill, expected to be around $120 million.

“This is the ultimate in value for money — use other peoples’ money,” said Ald. Linda Fox-Mellway, who sponsored the motion.

Ald. Ric McIver opposed the motion, though, saying it would be better to hold off on preparations until information on possible rec projects at Quarry Park and Great Plains was available.

“We are getting a rec centre. That’s what I wanted. It’s the taxpayers that lost today,” said McIver.

Council passed a motion to explore building the two proposed smaller rec centres with private sector help. Fundraisers and private industry will pick up the rest of the bill, expected to be around $120 million.

 
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