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    Sandy Silver interview April 8, 2022 CHONfm

Public provides feedback on proposed Whitehorse city budget

Residents of the capital city want more active transportation options.

Last night the residents of Whitehorse got a chance to have their voices heard and provide input on the city’s proposed capital budget for 2022.

Mayor Laura Cabbott told CHONfm that the public wants more options to get around town.

“I would say the highlight of the feedback was people asking for more budget items on active transportation. So, what I mean by that is opportunities for people to walk to and within the city, or cycle and get away from using vehicles more. So, the city certainly has done some work in that area and they do have a very big-ticket item on that, and that is to provide a bike path around Chilkoot way, which goes between Save On Foods and Walmart. So that is in the budget but people are asking for a little bit more,” said Cabbott.

The 53-million-dollar budget was presented to council for first reading on November 29.

Last month Cabbott told CHONfm that a good chunk of the change will go towards fixing up aging city infrastructure like the Tahkini arena and the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. Some of the money will come from taxpayer reserves and Cabbott hopes some will come from territorial and federal infrastructure programs.

Next month council will do a report on public feedback heard last night, and then the budget will go through the second and third reading before approval.

 

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