Bid for Games and Community Celebration Program a Go
Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George will move forward to prepare a bid to host the 2020 BC Summer Games. Council has approved $10 thousand dollars to develop that bid.
Council has also agreed to develop a Community Celebrations Program but it will cost the City $30 thousand a year. Tourism Prince George has already revised its spending to secure $30 thousand a year for the program that will be operated in a partnership between the City and Tourism PG.
The dollars would be provided in the form of grants for various projects.
During the Canada Winter Games, there was a party every night in downtown Prince George. Councillor Garth Frizzell says while he valued the events that took place during the Games, he did have some concerns about adding $30 thousand dollars to the budget. “My hesitation is not about the success that came on in that square, that was undoubtedly a wonderful thing that we got out of the Canada Winter Games. I just wanted to take time to consider the $30 thousand dollars on an on going basis for next year and forever after.” He said he is satisfied that with the matching dollars from Tourism Prince George, there will be the capacity to deliver some good projects.
Mayor Hall,says the item will be coming back for budget discussion. “What we’re looking for is certainty” says City Manager Kathleen Soltis, she adds there are a number of ways the dollars can be allocated without having to add to the tax levy. The certainty would ensure plans can be made now to move forward to find applicants for the grants.