Majority of Diotte survey respondents support arena
But councillor says results show people have funding questions
Coun. Kerry Diotte says the majority of people who took his informal online survey say they want a new downtown arena but nearly half believe the city shouldn't use provincial infrastructure money to make up a funding shortfall.
Of the 1,329 people who took the survey, Diotte says 68 per cent want to see a new arena built in downtown Edmonton.
However, 49 per cent say they don't want the last $100 million for the project funded with Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) money.
"I'm hearing that that comment fairly strongly ... don't use infrastructure money that's meant to fix roads, that's meant to deal with transit," Diotte said. "That's not meant to go to an arena for somebody that's a billionaire. That's what they're saying."
Diotte says he'll distribute the survey findings and comments to his council colleagues.
The $450 million project is short $100 million in funding. The city is hoping the province will kick in the money, but so far, Premier Alison Redford has refused to do so.
Councillors are expected to get an update on the arena proposal on July 17th.