- Municipal Council
Town of Mount Royal, November 18, 2019 – In response to the results of the recent register regarding a $27.8 million loan required for the construction of TMR’s sports and community complex, Council has decided to hold a referendum on the loan. Voting will be on Sunday, February 16, 2020, with early polling planned for February 9 and 10.
“The results of the register are disappointing,” said mayor Philippe Roy, “but the referendum process is not ours to question, despite the additional costs involved. We have a project we believe in and know Townies need and want. The consultations held in 2016 found initial support for the new complex to be 88%. What’s more, the many supportive comments heard and suggestions submitted during the full month of consultations influenced the final planning of the project. The three pools, the planned uses for the gym and multi-purpose rooms, the spaces for our seniors and other community groups—all grew out of our consultations.”
The Town acknowledges the feelings of those who signed the register and plans to answer all questions between now and the referendum date. The Town is also counting on supporters of the project to help make its importance clearly understood.
“During the consultation process that preceded the project, support for a modern sports and community centre was overwhelmingly positive,” notes the mayor. “The potential impact on tax bills was a cause for concern, which we completely understand as it’s an issue that arises on a regular basis. Since our consultations, the project has been improved and its costs have evolved, as has its funding. Worries about the tax impact remain and that aspect of the project will benefit from being explained to all residents.”
It was in October 2016 that, during a series of special evenings, TMR sports, cultural and community organizations enthusiastically presented their recommendations for a future complex. In the following weeks, Townies in favour of the project and others opposed were brought together for a focus group to gain a clear idea of citizens’ main concerns. Then, 500 Town households replied to a CROP survey. Lastly, a Town Meeting open to all residents drew more than 150 attendees by its closing on Sunday, November 29, 2016.
“From the 2016 consultations until recently, a users committee that included residents met at regular intervals to endorse the project’s orientations as they evolved, guiding the design of the sports and community complex to full maturity. I hail the committee’s work and fully support the decisions we arrived at together,” says Philippe Roy.