Kelowna staff propose 3.49% tax hike next year – Kelowna News – .

Kelowna staff propose 3.49% tax hike next year – Kelowna News – .

It looks like Kelowna’s taxpayers will get some breathing room from other major cities in the southern interior.

CFO Kevin Hughes will present the board with a 2022 budget with a proposed 3.49% increase.

It is much less than what is offered in other communities. West Kelowna is proposing a four percent increase, while at the top, Vernon set a 2022 budget with a 6.88 percent increase.

The one in Kelowna is lower, despite having to pay a significant sum to fulfill the new RCMP contract which includes a 20 percent increase retroactive to 2016.

The proposed increase would represent about $ 76.80 more in municipal taxes in 2022 for the average homeowner, set at $ 899,190.

The increase is also lower than the 4.04 percent taxpayers were asked to pay this year.

The budget prioritizes the City’s commitment to safety, investments in recreation, the arts, culture and green spaces, and active and alternative modes of transportation.

Highlights include requests for 15 security-related positions, including 10 RCMP officers, the expansion of the Capital News Center, the development of DeHart Park, the investment in vehicle charging stations and corridors. active transportation.

The budget calls for a total tax demand of $ 163.2 million, or $ 5.6 million more than a year ago.

The Council will be presented with the budget on Monday, before spending the day Thursday reviewing each expense line by line.


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