March 08, 2016 - 2:30 PM
KELOWNA - Downtown property owners will continue to pay a higher levy this year as the business improvement area continues its beefed-up cleaning and security program.
Owners of Class 5 and 6 properties in the improvement area will pay a levy of $1.50 for every $1,000 of assessed value, allowing the Downtown Kelowna Association to spend $828,000 this year.
Last year the association spent $804,000, up from $781,000 in 2014, to bolster its popular clean team program.
The team operates two ATVs equipped with a pressure washers, leaf blowers and industrial strength vacuums, sending them on clean-up calls throughout the improvement area.
The association has budgeted $110,000 this year for the clean team and will spend $216,000 on the downtown on-call security program.
Council had no questions of Downtown Kelowna Association executive director Peggy Athans before approving the levy this week.
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