March 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops are all beautiful cities with unique characteristics and vast differences in some areas.
We compared a number of factors in each of these cities and the results may surprise you. We looked at some brag stats such as sunshine hours and precipitation, but we also compared other city statistics that often make no sense without context. All our cities are passing budgets this spring: How do they do compared to their neighbours? How many firefighters? How many police officers? How many highly paid staff in your city?
Every city has something to brag about and some of the reasons why may surprise you. In an effort to make it easy to know what you truly can and can’t brag about, we’ve gathered a number of statistics here.
In this story we look at the numbers that make up city operations, like budgets, number of police officers and firefighters, and voter participation. Tomorrow we’ll look at the smaller things which really do make your city worth bragging about, like weather, dog parks and housing prices.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The way financial information is reported is not identical from city to city, but in all cases we used the most current information available. We also found that in some cases the numbers may be skewed by the way information is presented. For example, B.C. Assessment splits the assessment value of properties in the Okanagan and has a separate category for strata properties. In Kamloops, all residential properties, including stratas, are rolled into one single number, which could bring down the average market value reported by the assessment agency.
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