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City council is being asked to approve a $3.9-million budget amendment to cover off additional costs estimated in the proposed reconstruction of city hall.
Council originally approved a budget of almost $21 million, but a scope change in the project has elevated the most current estimate to $24.7 million.
The federal and Yukon governments are providing two-thirds of the funding and the city is providing one-third, or $8 million.
Council is scheduled to vote on the amendment next Monday.
The intent is to have construction documents ready for tender late this summer to allow for project completion by late 2023.
The report notes the city will not need to raise taxes to cover the $8 million, as it could be funded by city reserves or by borrowing the money.
Under the proposed reconstruction project, the old part of city hall built in 1966 (the front half of the building facing Second Avenue) would be demolished.
New construction would see a L-shaped, two-storey structure built and tied into the newest remaining section of city hall built in 1987, where the council chambers are.
The reconstruction would provide approximately 38,750 square feet of new space, predominately new office quarters.
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