City seeks your input on Kamloops budget

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops is looking to its citizens for budget ideas.

The city is inviting residents to the Sandman Centre tomorrow, Feb. 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. to discuss the supplemental budget for 2016 and begin discussions on the 2017 budget.

Supplemental budget requests were presented to council last month. Requests included storm infrastructure upgrades and a pickle ball court.

With the requests included in the budget, property taxpayers would see a just over two per cent rise in their property taxes, or about $36 for the average home of $350,000. The average home owner would still be paying less than the provincial average.

The public meeting had been scheduled for Feb. 16, but was delayed a week due to environmental assessment office information sessions for the proposed Ajax mine on Feb. 16 and 17.

Some budget items have already been approved by council, including an increase to utility rates.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Brendan Kergin at or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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