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A city-owned lot on the corner of Pemberton Road and Gertrude Street still sits vacant in 2024. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

A city-owned lot on the corner of Pemberton Road and Gertrude Street still sits vacant in 2024. (ELENA RARDON/Alberni Valley News)

While the Port Alberni (British Columbia) City Council struggles to bring down this year’s proposed tax increase, one councillor has a unique idea to generate some revenue for the city, according to the Alberni Valley News.

Councillor Todd Patola made a motion during a Monday, Feb. 26 meeting, asking city staff to look at constructing a campground facility on city-owned lands.

While the city budgets $100,000 per year to promote tourism, there are limited places within the city for tourists to stay, said Patola. He acknowledged that there are several hotels within city limits, as well as campgrounds outside of the city, but pointed out that there are no campgrounds within the city.

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