Victoria City, Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Referendum, 2010
There was a Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Referendum on November 20, 2010 the city of Victoria, Canada.
This measure was approved with 60 percent of the votes in favor.
City commissioner decided to place this issue on the November ballot, making it so that petitioners did not need to collect all the signatures needed to force the issue. A poll showed that around 68 percent of voters were in favor of the replacement bridge so city officials were hopeful that it meant they would approve the measure to borrow the money to construct the new bridge.
Petitioners had turned in over 5,000 petition forms in an attempt to force a referendum vote on the borrowing of $42 million by the city. The city plans to replace the Johnson Street Bridge, a $63 million project. Petitioners tried to rather force this issue for a vote by the city residents since it would incur a large amount of debt by the city. The petition drive began November 21 and though it could end as late as January 4, 2010, it was decided before that date. The main drive for the petitioners was their belief that the information the city gave as reason to replace and not fix the bridge do not make sense. Petitioners were hoping they could get their information out there and get the required amount of signatures.
This city had launched its campaign in favor of a 'Yes' vote, they noted that they had up to $50,000 to spend on their campaign. Residents had brought up the issue of the city using taxpayer money to tell them how to vote, wondering if the city really should spend so much. The city council though noted that the moneys coming from the budget set forward to evaluate the bridge project, so aw it as an extension of that. The Mayor stated that the city could not afford to lose the referendum.
- CBC News, "Victoria voters approve new bridge," November 21, 2010
- The Globe and Mail, "Victoria faces referendum on iconic bridge," August 20, 2010
- The Vancouver Sun, "5,000 petitions calling for Johnson Street Bridge bridge referendum delivered, 6,343 needed," December 23, 2009 (dead link)
- Times Colonist, "Victoria to spend $50,000 to promote yes vote in bridge referendum," October 6, 2010