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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic virtually shutting down the Canadian economy for the better part of 2020, the City of Merritt continues to see a surge in construction value.

Back in June, CAO Scott Hildebrand reported that a pair of building permits for BC Hydro help increase the total value through the first five months of the year to $14 million.

Now one month later the figure has again increased.

“In June we reported nearly a million dollars in construction value, bringing our six-month total to just over $15 million,” said Hildebrand.

Through six months in 2019, the City reported $5 million. In both 2017 and 2018, the number was $10 million.

Overall, the City has already surpassed the total for all of 2019, $12.9 million. Merritt is also on track to beat the figures set in the previous years of $16.7 million in 2018 and $24.7 million in 2017.


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