Budget Consultation 2020

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The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2020 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2020 to 2024.

We are currently at the end of the public 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

March 2020 —The COVID-19 pandemic may impact the timelines for this project. Please subscribe to the project to receive updates.

The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2020 budget, as it plans for its next five-year budget cycle, from 2020 to 2024.

We are currently at the end of the public 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. Activities are also tied to priorities set out by Council in the Council Strategic Plan.

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

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

Click here for historical information on last year's 2019 Budget Consultation.

  • Supplemental Items Approved and Tax Requirement Set at 2.97%

    about 1 month ago
    On Tuesday, February 25, Council met as Committee of the Whole (COTW) to review and decide on the supplemental items to be included in the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and to determine the tax requirement for the 2020 budget.


    COTW approved 10 of the 11 proposed supplemental items. Item #9–RCMP Protective Services Training Facility–was deferred to future budget discussions.

    The resulting overall tax rate increase for 2020 will be 2.97% (the provisional tax rate increase, before the consideration of supplemental items, was 2.76%).

    A summary of the supplemental items...

    On Tuesday, February 25, Council met as Committee of the Whole (COTW) to review and decide on the supplemental items to be included in the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and to determine the tax requirement for the 2020 budget.


    COTW approved 10 of the 11 proposed supplemental items. Item #9–RCMP Protective Services Training Facility–was deferred to future budget discussions.

    The resulting overall tax rate increase for 2020 will be 2.97% (the provisional tax rate increase, before the consideration of supplemental items, was 2.76%).

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

    Tax rates will be formally approved and set in April.
  • Public Budget Meeting Set For February 20

    2 months ago

    Every fall, the City begins preparations for updating its annual budget, which is the financial plan for creating and maintaining programs and services for citizens. The public budget meeting in February is a key budget cycle activity.

    At the meeting, the City will update residents on the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and the proposed supplemental items along with potential funding sources. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on what has been updated or deleted in the provisional budget as well as share ideas and comments on the supplemental budget.

    February 20, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    Every fall, the City begins preparations for updating its annual budget, which is the financial plan for creating and maintaining programs and services for citizens. The public budget meeting in February is a key budget cycle activity.

    At the meeting, the City will update residents on the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and the proposed supplemental items along with potential funding sources. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on what has been updated or deleted in the provisional budget as well as share ideas and comments on the supplemental budget.

    February 20, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    Location: Valley First Lounge, Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne Street

  • 2020 Provisional Budget and Utility Funds Bylaws Adopted

    4 months ago

    Council has adopted two bylaws related to the 2020 provisional budget (view previous news feed items for a an overview of the provisional budget).

    At its Regular Council Meeting on December 17, Council adopted the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-320.

    At its Regular Council Meeting on December 10, Council adopted the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-79.

    The 2020 provisional budget indicates a 2.76% increase in total municipal property taxes, which reflects a $61 increase to the average household. A 7% increase for sewer rates is also required (there are no utility rate increases for water...

    Council has adopted two bylaws related to the 2020 provisional budget (view previous news feed items for a an overview of the provisional budget).

    At its Regular Council Meeting on December 17, Council adopted the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 16-320.

    At its Regular Council Meeting on December 10, Council adopted the Sanitary Sewer Amendment Bylaw No. 32-79.

    The 2020 provisional budget indicates a 2.76% increase in total municipal property taxes, which reflects a $61 increase to the average household. A 7% increase for sewer rates is also required (there are no utility rate increases for water or solid waste and recycling) and will be reflected on utility bills as an average increase of $29 per household.

    Council heard updates on the utility rates and the provisional budget in two Committee of the Whole Meetings on November 19 and November 26, and the bylaws were read a first, second and third time at the December 3 and December 10 Regular Council Meetings.

    The adoption of both bylaws will allow the City to smoothly continue operations and utility billing as it transitions into 2020.

    Budget discussions will continue in the new year, as Council reviews the supplemental items and cost estimates in the provisional budget.

  • November 27 Public Budget Meeting - 2020 Provisional Budget Summary

    4 months ago

    Dozens of citizens attended the public budget meeting at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 27, where they had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2020 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget for 2020 indicates a 2.76% increase in total municipal taxes, reflecting the need for an additional $3.08 million in tax funding towards the $115 million dollar budget required for 2020. The impact to the average household would be a $61 dollar increase in taxes.

    Humphrey explained that 2020 budget items with significant increased costs include the RCMP contract...

    Dozens of citizens attended the public budget meeting at McArthur Island Sports Centre on November 27, where they had the opportunity to hear from the City's Corporate Services Director, Kathy Humphrey, as she presented the 2020 provisional budget.

    The City's provisional budget for 2020 indicates a 2.76% increase in total municipal taxes, reflecting the need for an additional $3.08 million in tax funding towards the $115 million dollar budget required for 2020. The impact to the average household would be a $61 dollar increase in taxes.

    Humphrey explained that 2020 budget items with significant increased costs include the RCMP contract, staff and firefighter union and wage contacts, the increasing cost of services in general, and the demand for additional services and programs and for social and environmental responsibility.

    You can view the PPT presentation from the meeting here.

    You can ask questions about the budget on our Q&A feature here.

  • November 26 Committee of the Whole Meeting - 2020 Provisional Budget Overview

    4 months ago

    At the Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting on Tuesday, November 26, Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a summary of the 2020 provisional budget and utility funds, with a view to adopting the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw and the amended Sewer Utilities Bylaw before December 31, 2019.

    Humphrey noted that the provisional budget is based on the requirements to deliver a level of service as approved by Council for 2020, as related to priorities outlined in the Council Strategic Plan. She emphasized that staff are focused on continuing to find efficiencies and innovative ideas to maintain...

    At the Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting on Tuesday, November 26, Corporate Services Director Kathy Humphrey provided a summary of the 2020 provisional budget and utility funds, with a view to adopting the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw and the amended Sewer Utilities Bylaw before December 31, 2019.

    Humphrey noted that the provisional budget is based on the requirements to deliver a level of service as approved by Council for 2020, as related to priorities outlined in the Council Strategic Plan. She emphasized that staff are focused on continuing to find efficiencies and innovative ideas to maintain service levels, and that in the face of slow and steady growth in Kamloops, staff are keeping a particular focus on the long term as the City begins to address necessary infrastructure needs and demands for accessible, reliable, and secure technology for both staff operations and the public.

    Humphrey explained that 2020 budget items with significant increased costs include the RCMP contract, staff and firefighter union and wage contacts, the increasing cost of services in general, and the demand for additional services and programs and for social and environmental responsibility.

    Overall, The City's provisional budget indicates a 2.76% increase in total municipal property taxes, which reflects a $61 dollar increase to the average household. A 7% proposed increase for sewer rates (there are no proposed utility rate increases for water or solid waste and recycling), would be reflected on utility bills as an average increase of $29 per household.

    The COTW directed Administration to prepare a bylaw for the 2020–2024 Five-Year Provisional Financial Plan.

  • November 19 Committee Of The Whole Meeting - Budget 2020–2024 Updates

    5 months ago

    At the Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting on Tuesday, November 19, City staff presented on updates related to budget 2020 planning. A summary of the presentation is below, and you can watch the webcast of the meeting here.

    Budget Planning Overview
    Kathy Humphrey, the City's Corporate Services Director, provided the COTW with an overview of the key budget dates, the City's financial timeline, and the budget and planning methodology used to develop the City's budget and overall Five-Year Financial Plan.
    View: Infographic: How Does the City Develop its Budget (Key Budget Timeline)

    Humphrey highlighted that the budget...

    At the Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting on Tuesday, November 19, City staff presented on updates related to budget 2020 planning. A summary of the presentation is below, and you can watch the webcast of the meeting here.

    Budget Planning Overview
    Kathy Humphrey, the City's Corporate Services Director, provided the COTW with an overview of the key budget dates, the City's financial timeline, and the budget and planning methodology used to develop the City's budget and overall Five-Year Financial Plan.
    View: Infographic: How Does the City Develop its Budget (Key Budget Timeline)

    Humphrey highlighted that the budget is prepared based on a combination of maintaining and repairing existing services and assets, aiming for predictable tax rate projections through long-term planning, and identifying activities that support Council Strategic Plan items.

    Humphrey also pointed out that in addition to collecting property taxes, the City collects taxes for other entities such as the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, the Thompson Regional Hospital District, and School District No. 73, and the City has no control over these other tax rates. The City also has no control over the assessed value of homes (set by BC Assessment), which is the base amount the Council-approved municipal tax rate is applied to.
    View: Infographic: Understanding Your Property Tax Bill and Where Your Taxes Go

    Asset Management Update
    Dave Hallinan, the City's Planning and Procurement Manager, presented an update on the City's Asset Management Program. Hallinan explained that the program began in 2009 along with new formalized accounting practices introduced by the Public Sector Accounting Board. He noted that a strong asset management program provides stewardship of the public assets, helps to effectively allocate financial and human resources, and balances the community's service expectations with its willingness and capacity to pay for the services.

    IT and Digital Strategy Update
    Kuldeep Bath, the City's Information Technology Manager, presented an update on the City's Digital Strategy. Bath shared that an extensive technical assessment review was conducted in 2019 and, as a result, a multi-year roadmap has been developed and an IT Modernization Program has been initiated to manage, design, and implement the roadmap activities.

    Utilities Budget and Rates Update
    Kathy Humphrey presented a summary of the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan for the utility services. Utility funds consist of funds for water, sewer, and solid waste and recycling. Each fund sets rates to cover its related operating/capital costs. There are no proposed utility rate increases for water or solid waste and recycling for 2020; however, a slight increase is proposed for sewer rates. The COTW authorized staff to prepare a sanitary sewer amendment bylaw to be brought forward in December.

  • Public Budget Meeting Set For November 27

    5 months ago

    Every fall, the City begins preparations for updating its annual budget, which is the financial plan for creating and maintaining programs and services for citizens. The public budget meeting in November is a key budget cycle activity. At the meeting, the City will inform residents on the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and introduce staff and community-driven supplemental items along with potential funding sources. The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the budget process, provide feedback on the provisional budget, and share ideas for future consideration.

    November 27, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    Every fall, the City begins preparations for updating its annual budget, which is the financial plan for creating and maintaining programs and services for citizens. The public budget meeting in November is a key budget cycle activity. At the meeting, the City will inform residents on the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan and introduce staff and community-driven supplemental items along with potential funding sources. The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the budget process, provide feedback on the provisional budget, and share ideas for future consideration.

    November 27, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    Location: Sports Centre Lounge, McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre