COUNCIL CUT: No extra Canada Day money

The District turned down a $5,000 request from the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association to help cover the costs of the Canada Day celebration.

Before council voted on the matter, Mayor Karen Elliott considered that amount too high and put a motion for council to consider giving $1,500 instead.

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Council voted 4-3 to defeat that motion at the June 19 meeting, leaving the association with no money.

Councillors Chris Pettingill, John French, Jenna Stoner and Armand Hurford were against granting the money, as the association had already asked for money earlier in the year.

Previously, for this budget cycle, the District had granted them $15,000 in cash, as well as $6,500 in in-kind services to cover the Canada parade, the pumpkin patch and the Santa parade, according to District chief financial officer Christine Mathews.

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