Comment 70566

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:11:23

Councillor Merulla is advocating a civic Referendum on LRT. Hmm... #VoteForWeNeedLRT!/ChrisErl/status/124509242441990144


Provincial legislation allows council to authorize a referendum and hold a vote six months after approving a question. The result would be binding only if the turnout exceeds 50 per cent. Kitchener clerk Randy Gosse estimates a referendum would cost taxpayers between $700,000 and $1 million, based on costs for the last municipal election.


According to unofficial numbers, voter turnout showed a surprising upswing from the last election. Unofficially, voter turnout rose to about 40 per cent of registered voters, compared to 37.3 per cent in the 2006 municipal election. In 2003, voter turnout was about 37.9 per cent.

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