Town of La Ronge outbid in liquor permit auction

Photo from the Town of La Ronge Facebook page.

The Town of La Ronge Council voted, unanimously, in a recorded vote, at a special Town Council meeting Feb. 17,  to put forward a bid “allocating up to $2.5 million in start-fund in pursuit of operating a local retail liquor store,” according to a Town of La Ronge news release dated Feb. 17.

The bid was part of an online auction to sell the La Ronge liquor permit associated with SLGA Retail Inc. with a final date of 2 p.m. Feb. 23.

With approximately $70 million “in capital projects and initiatives identified in their 2023-2032 Capital Plan, including wastewater treatment plant upgrades, recreation centre replacement, downtown revitalization, drainage and street repairs and initiatives to support economic and residential development,” the Town saw “acquiring the permit” as a way to ‘offset the cost of financing these initiatives” without raising taxes and utility costs, quoted from a Town of La Ronge news release.

At 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 the bidding sat at $3.27 million and, as The Northern Advocate went to press, it was still not clear about details of the final bid.

We will carry more on this story in future editions.