Council to discuss holding plebiscite on ward system

Holding a plebiscite to determine if it’s time to switch to a ward system to elect city councillors will be up for discussion at Red Deer City Council’s meeting on Monday.

Holding a plebiscite to determine if it’s time to switch to a ward system to elect city councillors will be up for discussion at Red Deer City Council’s meeting on Monday.

A ward system would have councillors represent different areas of the city instead of the current at-large system.

On Monday, council will review an analysis by city administration on the viability and impacts of establishing a ward system.

The report recommended council should put the question to citizens by way of a plebiscite at a future election.

Whether to continue fluoridating the city’s water may go to a plebiscite so council will have to decide if two, one, or none of the issues be questions on the ballot at the next municipal election in 2013.

Administration says a ward system may need to be considered as the city grows, but at this point couldn’t make the case for or against wards.