Budget Consultation 2021

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The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2021 budget, as we plan for the next five-year budget cycle, from 2021 to 2025. There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, which is tied to priorities set out by Council in the Council Strategic Plan.

the financial sustainability of municipal services has been strained in 2020 as we have all undergone extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, we are making appropriate adjustments to our 2021 budgets and plans and will adapt this year's financial planning process in light of projected revenue shortfalls and increased operating costs related to the pandemic.

On August 25, 2020, Council directed Administration to prepare the 2021 Budget with reduced services across the organization to bring the tax rate to a reduced level for the next several years (specifically 2021). View the Report to Council here.

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 2020 Budget Consultation.

The City would like to consult and engage with residents about the 2021 budget, as we plan for the next five-year budget cycle, from 2021 to 2025. There are many factors that affect the City's operating budget, which is tied to priorities set out by Council in the Council Strategic Plan.

the financial sustainability of municipal services has been strained in 2020 as we have all undergone extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, we are making appropriate adjustments to our 2021 budgets and plans and will adapt this year's financial planning process in light of projected revenue shortfalls and increased operating costs related to the pandemic.

On August 25, 2020, Council directed Administration to prepare the 2021 Budget with reduced services across the organization to bring the tax rate to a reduced level for the next several years (specifically 2021). View the Report to Council here.

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 2020 Budget Consultation.

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  • Supplemental budget items

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    A Supplemental Budget item is something that relates to one of two things.

    1. it is something new, like a pickleball court or a skateboard park. Many times, these items are identified by both individual members or groups in the public or City staff, requesting Council to fill an identified need to the City.

    2. It is a change to the level of a service currently provided which will require additional resources or funding. For example, increasing the hours of transit or hiring additional staff to support the RCMP or the City's firefighting staff. These services are currently delivered to a certain level, adding to it changes the service level and the costs should Council approved the request.

    There are 15 supplemental budget items that Council is considering over the next few weeks. Decisions regarding supplementals will impact service levels and taxation rates in the coming years. Get involved by posting a comment to any of the items below and answer the polls to let us know which items you think are worthy investments in the immediate future.

    See the Report to Council introducing the supplemental budget items.

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  • RCMP - Crime Analyst

    11 days ago
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    Over the last several years, Kamloops has seen an increase in calls for RCMP services, changes in crime trends, and changes to policing standards, all leading to increased administrative duties. Municipal employee support staff have been strained to complete all of the RCMP support services required under the City’s contract with the provincial government. 

    In 2021 the City proposes to increase the total number of municipal employees that support the RCMP by adding one full time Crime Analyst. The City also recommends approving a predetermined RCMP member-to-ME support staff ratio that would clarify if and when additional support staff should be hired in the future. The recommended ratio is one support staff for every 2.4 to 2.46 RCMP members, which reflects realistic projected workloads and reasonable standards in relation to comparable municipalities. 

    Failing to maintain the appropriate level of support staff to RCMP members could place members of the public at risk if RCMP members are in the office completing clerical work instead of out on patrol and available to response to service requests.

    COST: $97,000 annual ongoing

    Salary and training for the Crime Analyst position would cost $97,000 annually. The approval of the predetermined RCMP-to-ME ratio would call for an additional City staff member once RCMP membership grows to 139 and then again at 142 and 145. Specific role details and salaries for those additional staff would be determined and reviewed as these milestones are achieved. 

    This proposal would be funded through taxation and would increase current 2021 taxation projections by 0.08%

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Arborist and Nature Park Technician

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    The goal of the City’s Urban Forest Management Strategy (UFMS) is to plant 4,000 trees in the next 20 years to reach 20,000 trees under the City’s care in urban areas. The City currently employs five Arborists and two seasonal Nature Park Technicians (NPTs) and spends around $18/tree on maintenance each year - well below the national average of $38/tree. The City proposes hiring an additional Arborist and an additional NPT in 2021 to help fulfill the goals of the UFMS and meet the growing demands of residents while maintaining the same level of service. 

    Without the additional staff resources, the UFMS's goal of a 20% urban tree canopy within 20 years will likely not be met. As the community grows, there is also a potential risk to public safety as planned tree maintenance may be reduced due to arborist crews being dispatched to deal with emergent tree issues in the community.

    COST: $169,000 annual ongoing

    Salary and training for the Arborist and NPTs would collectively cost $169,000 annually. Administration recommends pulling $75,000 from the BC Safe Restart funding for this proposal in 2021.

    A portion of the funding for this proposal ($94,000) would come from taxation and would increase current 2021 taxation projections by 0.08%.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Mobility Mats for Civic Events

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    Civic events, such as Canada Day, Music in the Park, and Ribfest, draw a large number of people to City parks. For able-bodied residents, it is fairly easy to move about at these events on various ground surfaces; however, it can be challenging for people who have mobility issues or rely on motorized scooters or wheelchairs. The City is proposing to purchase temporary, rollout access pathways for use by pedestrians, wheelchair/mobility scooter users, and people with strollers. These pathways are easily installed and relatively low maintenance. They can be rolled up for storage. 

    The City is proposing an initial purchase to test the product’s suitability, durability, and ease of use. If the product is successful, a second pathway system would be purchased so that the City can have sufficient inventory to support park events of various sizes. Of all of the options considered to address mobility issues, this was the most cost effective and flexible choice. Choosing to maintain the status quo would save money but would not address the City’s current accessibility challenges. Individuals with reduced mobility would continue to struggle to attend civic events.

    COST: $42,000 in 2021 with $20,000 annual ongoing

    The initial purchase of the mobility mats is estimated to cost $20,000, with another $20,000 purchase if initial testing is considered successful. In order to support this program into the future, $20,000 per year would be included in the budget on an ongoing basis.

    The City recommends funding this project through the Gaming Reserve Fund in 2021 and would like to investigate potential grant funding for future years.

    This proposal would not impact taxation in 2021.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Expanded Transit Hours

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    In 2019, BC Transit (BCT) outlined an expansion initiative to increase Kamloops Transit’s conventional service by 4,500 hours. Council asked Administration to explore expanding custom (handyDART) transit services with increased annual funding. Council approved an expansion memorandum of understanding with BCT, but the initiative was later deferred to 2021/2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The City is proposing to move forward with these expanded services beginning in September 2021. Increases in conventional and custom serves levels for transit in Kamloops will help achieve the goals and targets set out in the City’s Transportation Master Plan.

    COST: $82,570 in 2021 with $247,700 annual ongoing

    The additional costs for expanded services from September through December 2021 would be $82,570 ($75,000 for conventional transit and $7,570 for custom transit). In 2022, the costs to provide expanded conventional and custom service levels for a full year will increase to $247,700 ($225,000 for conventional transit and $22,700 for custom transit).

    The funding for this proposal would come from taxation and would increase taxes in 2021 by 0.07%

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


    Take our quick poll and/or leave a comment below to indicate if you think Council should move forward with this business case.


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  • RCMP Detachment Renovations and Improvements

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    The RCMP Detachment at Battle Street was built in 1990. At that time, the 3,200 m2 building was expected to support the needs of policing operations for 10 years. In 2002, the total occupancy in the detachment was 158 employees. In fall 2019, the total occupancy had increased to 194 employees. 

    Over the past 30 years, there have been a number of renovations intended to help address the increased occupancy. There have also been changes to the building related to the regulatory requirements of the policing service. These physical facility changes have impacted the building’s configuration, which has resulted in a number of operational challenges and several safety concerns.

    There is a significant need to improve the current booking entry, main entry, and forensic/evidence rooms. Increase space for offices, locker rooms on the second floor, and the gymnasium in the basement is also needed. If these improvements are implemented, it will extend the facility’s lifespan and allow for future growth. Choosing to not renovate the current building would increase the need for a new detachment in the near future. The current building is centrally located, expandable, readily available, and provides a viable, affordable solution. The City recommends developing a detailed three to five-year, phased expansion plan that will address work space constraints within the current building configuration.

    COST: $750,000

    The detailed design work would cost $750,000 in 2021. Once the design is complete, there will be a need to address an increase in operating costs due to increased floor space. This increase includes, but is not limited to, utilities, janitorial, routine repairs, and maintenance. These costs will be further detailed once the design is complete.

    This proposal would be funded through the City’s Surplus Reserve and would not impact current 2021 taxation projections.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Pedestrian Crossing Update Program

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    The Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade Program was approved by Council on February 25, 2020. This program funds upgrades to 39 pedestrian crossings that no longer meet the 2018 Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) guidelines, which seek to promote uniformity across the country in pedestrian crossing control. Two pedestrian crossings were upgraded in 2020, but the program as a whole was deferred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is proposing an updated funding strategy to implement pedestrian crossing upgrades for the remaining 37 identified crossings. Choosing not to comply with the standards presented in the TAC guidelines would place the City at liability risk.

    COST: $6,500,000 over 12–15 years

    This proposal will require an investment of approximately $6,500,000 to complete over the course of a 12–15-year period starting in 2021. The City plans to budget $500,000 per year in capital costs, with operating costs starting at $8,000 per year. The operating costs would increase by $8,000 for every completed crossing that will need to be maintained in each subsequent year. The budget for 2021 would be $508,000.

    This proposal would be funded through taxation and would increase the current 2021 taxation projections by 0.44%.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Boat Launch Upgrades

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    The three City-owned and City-managed boat launch facilities may soon be at risk of infrastructure failure and would benefit from increase service levels. The boat ramps at the Valleyview boat launch on River Street and the Pioneer Park facility require a permanent solution after temporary fixes were completed in early 2019. The City is proposing signage improvements, ramp upgrades, expanded paving for trailer parking at Pioneer Park, replacing the dock at the McArthur Island boat launch, and dredging the channel at McArthur Island boat launch. The dredging is already in the City’s five-year-plan and is not included as a new investment in this proposal.

    The City has put forward a package of what it feels are the most practical investments that do not raise City liability and do not significantly increase maintenance responsibilities. Spending and doing less is an option, but would increase the risk of continued deterioration of the boat launch assets due to erosion.

    COST: $763,000 spent between 2021 and 2024

    The total proposed project cost would be $763,000. The project would be completed over four years with the bulk of the costs occurring in 2022 and 2023. Only $8,000 would be spent in 2021.

    The City recommends funding the project using Community Works reserves. There would be no impact on taxation throughout the course of the project.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • RCMP Protective Services Training Facility

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    In recent years, the Kamloops RCMP has been looking to enhance the ability of law enforcement officers to safely respond to complex armed conflict situations that have been increasing across Canada, which has tragically resulted in many police officers losing their lives.

    In Kamloops, providing firearms and IARD training to local RCMP officers is challenging and costly. The regional firearm ranges and training facilities that are currently available to local RCMP do not meet mandatory training requirements. Travelling outside of the BC Interior for mandatory training is becoming increasingly costly and time consuming, and it limits the total number of officers available in Kamloops at any given time. Furthermore, there are very limited opportunities for Kamloops RCMP officers to advance their training and skills beyond mandatory requirements. The current training landscape creates cost and time inefficiencies and limits the skill levels of the officers who serve Kamloops and surrounding region.

    The City is proposing to work in partnership with the Kamloops RCMP to advance the development of a new Protective Services Training and Development Facility. This facility would include a firearms range, space for IARD and scenario-based training, and an expansion of shared classroom space currently dedicated to Kamloops Fire Rescue.

    COST: $8,755,000 (with future revenue generation potential)

    The proposed facility has a capital cost of $8,755,000, which would be debt-serviced for 20-30 years beginning in 2024. The facility also represents approximately $675,000 per year to the City in revenue and avoided costs once it is operational late in 2025.

    No costs would be incurred for 2021 and there would be no impact on 2021 taxation.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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  • Service Agreements

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    In 2019, Administration undertook a review of the funding that the City provides to various organizations through service agreements. One of the goals of this review was to assess levels of funding to find savings that could be used to develop agreements with organizations that did not currently have service agreements.

    As a result of the review, the City decided to forgo providing a 1% increase each year to the existing contracted amount. The amount of funding that was provided in 2019 was $3.299 million, and the 1% increase for that year amounted to approximately $33,000.

    Currently, that $33,000 is accounted for as savings; however, since social issues are reflected in many of Council’s strategic goals, the City proposes adding the $33,000 to the Social Planning Grants fund along with future savings realized from forgoing the planned 1% increase in 2022.

    COST: $33,000 annual ongoing

    The $33,000 in savings resulting from the service agreements review would not be realized as a decrease in taxation, rather it would be reinvested in the Social Planning Grants fund.

    This investment into the Social Planning Grant Fund would increase current 2021 taxation projections by 0.03%.

    For more detailed information, download the full Business Case.


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