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.

Ask a Question!

Use this area to ask a question about anything related to the provisional 2021 budget. If you have questions about any of the proposed supplemental budget items, you can ask them in the relevant discussion forums within the Supplemental Budget Items tab above.

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    This question was originally posted in the forum about hiring a new RCMP Crime Analyst: Is there a bigger discussion happening about roles and responsibilities of RCMP and policing? Are we looking at expansion of community and outreach mental health and ability to respond to non-criminal calls with professionals who are not police?

    10 months ago

    There are always discussions occurring in the RCMP surrounding roles and responsibilities involving policing. The Kamloops RCMP Detachment works in partnership with many different organizations, including Interior Health, and will continue to look at and discuss opportunities to best meet the needs of our community. The Car 40 program is a great example of one of those partnerships. The program pairs a police officer with a mental-health practitioner to respond to calls involving mental health, offering a multi-faceted approach. Earlier this month, Council voted in favour of a proposal to seek provincial approval for a Kamloops sobering centre, something Kamloops RCMP has been vocal in supporting. Currently when people are arrested for Causing a Disturbance by being intoxicated in public, they may find themselves lodged in cells to sober up safely. In cells, they are checked on regularly by a guard who can call for help if they go into medical distress. If a sobering centre existed as an alterative, police would be able to take them there, where they could sober up with a medical professional present in case they do go into distress, and once sober, discuss services available to help them address their addiction and move them toward a road to recovery, if that's what they're wanting.


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    Why are there supplemental budget items and what makes them different from the information proposed in the provisional budget?

    LoopsNewbie asked about 1 year ago
    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.

    Supplemental budget items are considered after the provisional budget. The purpose of the provisional budget is to determine what the updated financial impact will be to deliver the current level of services after we consider the most recent impacts of contract values (CUPE, IIAF, etc) inflation, regulatory changes impacting how we operate a service and other known or potential changes to materials and supplies (scarcity, tariffs, exchange, etc). 
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    Why is the City considering service reductions?

    KamloopsMomma asked about 1 year ago

    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. This direction was motivated by a desire to respond to the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that the City isn’t unnecessarily adding to that hardship for residents.

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    What is the $6.68 million Safe Restart Grant for?

    CityBee asked about 1 year ago

    In September 2020, the Province of BC announced a series of Safe Restart Grants of nearly $2 billion in funding, related to municipal impacts from the COVID pandemic.  This includes $540 million for Local Governments, $418 million for Community Infrastructure, and $1.0 billion for transit, Translink, and ferries.  While details on the Community Infrastructure and Transit related funding have not yet been announced, the City recently received notice of $6.68 million in funding under the local government stream.  Eligible Costs for this funding include:

    • Addressing revenues shortfalls;
    • Facility reopening and operating costs;
    • Emergency planning and response costs;
    • Bylaw enforcement and protective services like fire protection and police;
    • Computer and other electronic technology costs (to improve interconnectivity and virtual communications); and
    • Services for vulnerable persons (e.g. persons living with disabilities, mental illness or addictions, persons experiencing homelessness or other vulnerabilities)

    The City of Kamloops provisional budget discussions proposes using $3.5 million of the grant to offset lost revenues and additional costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Could this become an interior training center funded by all communities that would use it

    Steve Palmer asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for the question. We are assuming you are referring to the supplemental business case for a new RCMP Protective Services Training Facility.

    This business case represents an initiative that is still in the process of being fully developed. The current analysis has identified debt as a funding source along with anticipated costs savings and a fee for use model is simply one option to fund this initiative. Your suggestion of a shared costs model with other interested communities is also something that would be considered and investigated should council approve the initiative to move forward.

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