Amalgamation ballot question still on drawing board

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Wording of a fall-election ballot question, about studying if pros and cons of North Cowichan and Duncan amalgamating into one municipality, is still a pen in progress.

Staff with both councils are working on the same question's wording for B.C.'s Nov. 15 civic election.

"The city had suggested the question might ask, 'Do you support spending (a yet undetermined amount) dollars on a study to determine the costs and benefits of amalgamation or restructure of the City of Duncan and Municipality of North Cowichan?'" North Cowichan staff reports after a recent joint huddle of both councils.

"North Cowichan council was generally in support, but specified the removal of the 'restructure' option as council is interested in knowing whether North Cowichan citizens support amalgamation.

"The city's 'restructuring' proposal introduces the idea of (Duncan's) boundary realignment, which, if asked, should be a separate question to ensure citizens understand the implications of the questions," North Cowichan's minutes show.

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