Whitehorse businesses are on the fence when it comes to supporting the city’s $55-million plans to build itself two new headquarters.
The results were compiled after the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey to its members in early November.
Josh Clark and Philip Fitzgerald spoke on behalf of the chamber at Monday evening’s council meeting.
“Membership was split roughly 50/50 on the need for the city’s new business project and its overall benefit to Whitehorse,” Fitzgerald told council.
The chamber received close to 80 replies from its members, he added.
The city’s plan would eat up 70 per cent of next year’s $30 million capital budget.
It would result in a new city services building erected where the fire hall now stands on Second Avenue, along with a new operations building to be located near Range Road and Two Mile Hill.
Fitzgerald and Clark made several recommendations to council based on the responses they heard from chamber members.
Those included providing more information on the city’s need to borrow money to finance this project, and quarterly progress updates.