Budget Consultation 2019


The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2019 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2019 to 2023. We are currently at the end the 2019 budget consultation portion of the life cycle (see the full life cycle on this page).

There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, and City staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects.

City directors and managers are always looking for efficiencies that can result in cost savings; however, some things, such as hospital and


The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2019 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2019 to 2023. We are currently at the end the 2019 budget consultation portion of the life cycle (see the full life cycle on this page).

There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, and City staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects.

City directors and managers are always looking for efficiencies that can result in cost savings; however, some things, such as hospital and school tax rates or ICBC rates, remain out of the City's control.

On this page, you can learn more about key budget timelines and processes, view documents, and ask questions of the City's finance managers.

For historical documents, including the City's financial statements, visit the City's budget website.

  • Tax Rates Set

    7 months ago

    On Tuesday, April 16, Council met as a Committee of the Whole to set the property tax mill rates for each class. Setting the mill rates for each class is the last step in the annual budgeting process and allows the City to collect property taxes.

    Based on the provisional budget and the supplemental items approved by Council at the March 12 Committee of the Whole meeting, the property tax requirement for 2019 is $111.7 million, a 2.96% increase over 2018.

    In a residential context, the tax mill rate is applied to the assessed value of a home, which is...

    On Tuesday, April 16, Council met as a Committee of the Whole to set the property tax mill rates for each class. Setting the mill rates for each class is the last step in the annual budgeting process and allows the City to collect property taxes.

    Based on the provisional budget and the supplemental items approved by Council at the March 12 Committee of the Whole meeting, the property tax requirement for 2019 is $111.7 million, a 2.96% increase over 2018.

    In a residential context, the tax mill rate is applied to the assessed value of a home, which is determined by BC Assessment. For the average-assessed property, the increase translates into just over a $60 increase on the homeowner's tax bill. The tax mill rate for Class 1, Residential, for $4.98 per $1,000 of assessed value.

    View the 2019 Tax Rate Summary

    Read the Review of Assessment Class Tax Rates report presented at the April 16 Committee of the Whole.

  • Supplemental Items Approved and Tax Requirement Set at 2.96%

    9 months ago

    On Tuesday, March 12, Council met as a Committee of the Whole to review and decide on the supplemental items to be included in the 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan and to determine the tax requirement for the 2019 budget.

    The Committee approved 12 of the 13 proposed supplemental items and the resulting overall tax rate increase for 2019 will be 2.96% (the provisional tax rate increase, before the consideration of supplemental items, was 2.26%).

    A summary of the approved supplemental items can be found here in the Document Library.

    For the average-assessed property, the increase translates into an approximate...

    On Tuesday, March 12, Council met as a Committee of the Whole to review and decide on the supplemental items to be included in the 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan and to determine the tax requirement for the 2019 budget.

    The Committee approved 12 of the 13 proposed supplemental items and the resulting overall tax rate increase for 2019 will be 2.96% (the provisional tax rate increase, before the consideration of supplemental items, was 2.26%).

    A summary of the approved supplemental items can be found here in the Document Library.

    For the average-assessed property, the increase translates into an approximate $62 increase on the homeowner's tax bill. In this article by Kamloops This Week, Mayor Ken Christian says 2.96% is a number Council should be proud of achieving.

  • Provisional Tax Rate Reduced by 1.12%, Public Budget Meeting Set for Next Week

    10 months ago

    Kamloops, BC – The 2019 provisional tax rate increase of 3.38%, which was set in December 2018, has been reduced to 2.26% after updated information allowed City staff to recalculate the initial estimates.

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    Kamloops, BC – The 2019 provisional tax rate increase of 3.38%, which was set in December 2018, has been reduced to 2.26% after updated information allowed City staff to recalculate the initial estimates.

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  • How Does the Assessed Value of my Home Impact my Tax Bill?

    12 months ago

    Check out this video by BC Assessment that explains the assessment process, and how the assessment of your home impacts your tax bill.

    Check out this video by BC Assessment that explains the assessment process, and how the assessment of your home impacts your tax bill.

  • 2019 Provisional Budget and Utility Funds Bylaws Adopted

    12 months ago

    At the Regular Council Meeting on December 11, Council adopted two bylaws related to the provisional budget: 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-318 and the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-77.

    The DRAFT Five-year Financial Plan can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    The water and solid waste utilities have no additional tax requirements for 2019. Budget discussions will continue in the new year, as Council reviews the supplemental items and cost estimates in the provisional budget.


    Council heard detailed information and had lengthy discussion about the provisional budget in two Council Budget Meetings...

    At the Regular Council Meeting on December 11, Council adopted two bylaws related to the provisional budget: 2019-2023 Five-year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-318 and the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-77.

    The DRAFT Five-year Financial Plan can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    The water and solid waste utilities have no additional tax requirements for 2019. Budget discussions will continue in the new year, as Council reviews the supplemental items and cost estimates in the provisional budget.


    Council heard detailed information and had lengthy discussion about the provisional budget in two Council Budget Meetings on November 20 and November 27, and the bylaws were read a first, second and third time at the December 4 Regular Council Meeting.

    The adoption will allow the City to smoothly continue operations and utility billing as we transition into 2019.

  • Public Budget Meeting November 28

    about 1 year ago

    A record number of residents came out to the public budget meeting held at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 28. The public had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2019 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase. There are some key financial cost drivers behind the increase, including increases in provincially driven programs, additional RCMP members, increased service levels, and inflation and wages, as detailed below:

    • 1.1% increase due to new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax)
    • ...

    A record number of residents came out to the public budget meeting held at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 28. The public had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2019 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase. There are some key financial cost drivers behind the increase, including increases in provincially driven programs, additional RCMP members, increased service levels, and inflation and wages, as detailed below:

    • 1.1% increase due to new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax)
    • 1.28% increase due to three Council-approved additional RCMP officers, increased services including additional transit hours, and snow clearing and street maintenance.
    • 1% increase due to inflation and wages. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


    You can view the recorded video of the public budget meeting here.

    You can view the Powerpoint presentation from the public budget meeting here. There are also some other documents available for download in the 'Document Library' in the right-hand section of this web page.


  • Video of Council Budget Presentations

    about 1 year ago

    November 20, 2018 - Council Budget Meeting

    Council met for a Budget Meeting in the morning prior to the Regular Council Meeting in the afternoon. Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a detailed presentation on the overall 2019 provisional budget, and managers in the Civic Operations and Development, Engineering, and Sustainability Departments presented their budgets and highlighted efficiencies and opportunities in their areas. View the video of these presentations.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:

    ·1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    ·...

    November 20, 2018 - Council Budget Meeting

    Council met for a Budget Meeting in the morning prior to the Regular Council Meeting in the afternoon. Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a detailed presentation on the overall 2019 provisional budget, and managers in the Civic Operations and Development, Engineering, and Sustainability Departments presented their budgets and highlighted efficiencies and opportunities in their areas. View the video of these presentations.

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:

    ·1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    ·0.6% increase from three Council approved additional RCMP officers.

    ·1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.

    The Council Budget Meeting will continue on Tuesday, November 27, at 9:00 am, with presentations from managers in the Corporate Services and Community and Protective Services Departments. Meanwhile, a Public Budget Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 pm, at the Sports Centre Lounge at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. The presentation at this public meeting will be shared via a Facebook Live video on the City’s Facebook page for those who are unable to attend or wish to view the presentation at a later date.


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  • City's Provisional Budget Includes a 1.7% Increase from Inflation and Increased Municipal Services

    about 1 year ago

    November 20, 2018 - City's Provisional Budget

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:
    • 1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    • 0.6% increase from three Council-approved additional RCMP officers.

    • 1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


    November 20, 2018 - City's Provisional Budget

    The City's provisional budget indicates a 3.38% increase, summarized as follows:
    • 1.1% increase from new provincial rates and taxes (BC Hydro, ICBC, Employer Health Tax, and Carbon Tax).

    • 0.6% increase from three Council-approved additional RCMP officers.

    • 1.7% increase from inflation and increased services, including additional transit hours and enhanced snow clearing and street maintenance. The increase is offset by increasing revenues from overall development and community growth.


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