Budget Consultation 2019

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The 2019 Budget Consultation has concluded.


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For historical documents, including the City's financial statements, visit the City's budget website.

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  • 2019 Supplemental Items Summary

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    Below is a summary of the 2019 supplemental items being introduced. To review the detailed business case for each item, click on the title of each item. There are recommended proposed funding source(s) listed for each (taxation, reserve, and 'other', ie. grants or Development Cost Charges) and as Council reviews the supplemental items over the next month, they will be discussing the item as well as the specific proposed funding strategy, prior to any approvals. 

    We invite you to share your thoughts on these supplemental items. Please scroll to the bottom of this forum to do so. Comments gathered here will be shared directly with Council and staff for their consideration. Items #1-10 and 13 are requests from city staff, and items #11-12 are community-driven requests. 

    Click on a downloadable resource below to learn more:

    Supplemental Item #1: Building Inspector III Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

    Proposed Budget: $107,000 ($102,000 ongoing, plus a $5,000 one-time cost in 2019)
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (0.10%), Reserve
    Project Overview: This request is for an FTE to support the building inspection services provided by the City. Building growth in the city is increasing the workload, and a number of major projects and succession planning have led to the need for an additional FTE.

    Supplemental Item #2: Remove Tournament Capital Ranch (TCR) Derelict Buildings

    Proposed Budget: $535,000 in 2019, plus a one-time cost of $250,000, over two years, starting in 2020
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: There are seven buildings on the old Rayleigh Correctional Centre property that were used by Corrections staff. These buildings pose a fire risk, are structurally unsound, and are a safety hazard to the public and City staff. The plan includes building a new Parks outbuilding, secured storage on the TCR site.

    Supplemental Item #3: Asset Management Funding

    Proposed Budget: $550,000 ongoing
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (.50%)
    Project Overview: This request represents a request of 0.50% taxation on an annual basis for the next 10 years to help the City address and support the funding requirements of the Asset Management program and related projects to address ongoing asset management requirements.

    Supplemental Item #4: Pioneer Park and Valleyview Boat Launch Upgrades

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $100,000 in 2019
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: Additional funding is requested to address immediate needs related to The Pioneer Park and Valleyview boat launches due to damage caused by prolonged and excessive water erosion. A portion of the funds will be used to review the use, location and business model options.

    Supplemental Item #5: Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) Training Centre

    Proposed Budget: $350,000 per year over 2019-2021
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (0.33%)
    Project Overview: This request is a proposed multi-phased plan that would provide ongoing enhancements and improvements to KFR’s training facility to support the required training requirements of the City’s firefighting services.

    Supplemental Item #6: Stuart Wood Cultural Investment: Cultural Design Consultancy

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $200,000 in 2019 
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: Future plans for the Stuart Wood School include a museum and joint-use cultural centre between the City of Kamloops and Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. The engagement of consulting support with experience in planning and integrating the intended use with the site is required in order to develop a well-defined vision for this site to be presented to council and the public.


    Supplemental Item #7: Singh Bowl Parking Lot

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $175,000 in 2019, plus an ongoing cost of $5,000 per year starting in 2020
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: This request is to enhance parking availability at the Singh Bowl Park. Parking capacity along Singh Street from north of the CN Rail tracks to Ord Road was already an issue due to busy events at the Singh Bowl. Existing parking created safety concerns for vehicles and pedestrians.

    Supplemental Item #8: Conventional Transit Expansion Hours

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $37,500 in 2019, plus an ongoing cost of $112,253 starting in 2020
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (0.04% + 0.07% in 2020)
    Project Overview: Increase transit services in the city by 3,000 additional hours. Beginning in September 2019 a prorated amount to be fully implemented in 2020.

    Supplemental Item #9: Accelerate Active Transportation Projects

    Proposed Budget: $375,000 ongoing
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (0.05%), Other
    Project Overview: 

    A transportation goal of the 2015–2018 Council Strategic Plan was to identify a funding strategy for active transportation projects. As per the Transportation Master Plan, active transportation modes such as walking and cycling are at the top of the hierarchy pyramid. Additional funding is requested to accelerate the completion of the active transportation projects and provide for ongoing maintenance of the new infrastructure.

    Supplemental Item #10: RCMP Protective Services Training Facility

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $25,000 in 2019
    Proposed Funding Source: Taxation (0.02%)
    Project Overview: This request proposes the need to investigate the development of an integrated protective services training site. This relates to investigating a possible solution to address the training needs of the Kamloops RCMP Detachment and introducing a potential revenue stream to the City by providing the facilities to neighbouring jurisdictions.


    Supplemental Item #11: Downtown Pedestrian Information Signs

    Proposed Budget: A one-time cost of $30,000 in 2019, plus an ongoing cost of $5,000 every three years
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: 

    The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association has requested that the City install five information (way‑finding) kiosks within the downtown core to provide orientation and information to pedestrians. 

    Supplemental Item #12: Centennial Park Building Upgrade

    Proposed Budget: $0
    Proposed Funding Source: n/a
    Project Overview: The Westsyde Community Development Society has requested the creation of a community meeting space in anticipation of School District No. 73’s decision to re-open Westsyde Elementary School. Given the level of uncertainty at this time this request is being raised to alert Council to a pending situation that may require city intervention or support.

    Supplemental Item #13: McArthur Island Multi-use Park Project*

    *Please note the link above is to a report from the January 29 Regular Council Meeting, at which Council approved including this project in the supplemental list.
    Proposed Budget: 
    $198,000 in 2019; $210,000 in 2020; $602,000 in 2021
    Proposed Funding Source: Other
    Project Overview: The proposed plan includes site cleanup and removal of unsafe conditions, preservation of riparian areas, installation of a new multi-use path and a disc golf course, refurbish mini-golf course, construction of a new washroom facility, site furniture, a new pollinator garden, pond improvements, new pedestrian bridges, a picnic shelter, a natural playground structure, and educational information signage about local ecology and history.



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