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Over the past term, a motion was filed to build a Multiplex on the wharf lands in the South End, but it was not clear about who would pay for it. How necessary is a Multiplex? Who should pay for it…should it be a public or a private enterprise?
A Multiplex on zoned lands with private funds built for profit would be an asset and taxable. ~Larry Iwaskow
I support the concept of a multiplex however, there are many issues that must first be answered. I am firmly of the opinion that the Taxpayers of Nanaimo have little appetite to take on yet another mega project without knowing the true total cost of the PNC. The “Taxpayers Bank of Nanaimo” is closed. I would consider a possible public/private partnership, subject to prior qualification, whereby the City may consider providing suitable land if available, however only with a revenue share from the completed project. ~John Ruttan
The taxpayers of Nanaimo cannot afford a massively expensive project like this for the foreseeable future. As your Mayor, I have always said I need to see a credible business plan that shows a Multiplex is financially viable, not dependent on city taxpayers. That there is sufficient population to support it, and the capital costs are paid by the beneficiaries. Private sector initiatives like this should be paid by the private sector. The City can assist in access and servicing but we are limited in our ability to subsidize something that is lower in priority to more necessary projects… like the water system upgrade. ~Gary Korpan