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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Council Highlights - January 17, 2017

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2017

 

Draft 2017-2026 Financial Plan

Council began its detailed review of the Draft 2017-2026 Financial Plan which includes a 3% tax increase. Prior year’s tax increases are as follows:

  • 2016 - 3.00%
  • 2015 - 2.70%
  • 2014 - 2.95%
  • 2013 - 2.95%
  • 2012 - 3.00%
  • 2011 - 2.24%

The approximate cost of a 3% tax increase on a West Kelowna home valued at $400,000 is $45. Growth is projected to be 1.46% based on preliminary information received from BC Assessment. A final number will be provided when the completed roll is provided on March 31, 2017. Growth was budgeted to be 1% and the additional .46% would equate to an additional $129,490 tax dollars.


New staff supported in the draft 2017 budget are:

  • 2 RCMP members
  • a Help Desk Technician Assistant
  • a Bylaw/Business License Clerk
  • a Recreation & Culture Supervisor
  • a Building Supervisor/Manager
  • a Plan Checker/Planner 1
  • a Utility Operator III
  • 6 new summer students to work in engineering, roads, parks


The Draft 10-Year Capital Plan includes $23.1 million in capital expenditures in 2017. Proposed projects for the coming year include:

  • Boucherie Road Wine Trail Phase 2 - $4.6 million
  • Roundabout at Boucherie & Hudson Roads - $350,000
  • Boucherie Road water main replacement - $1.25 million
  • Shannon Lake Bridge replacement - $1.1 million
  • Bridge Maintenance Program - $666,000
  • Road Rehabilitation Program - $1 million
  • Westbank water storage upgrades - $630,000
  • Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvement Program - $600,000
  • Computer systems disaster recovery/redundancy - $400,000
  • Sports field lighting - $371,000
  • Fire rescue squad truck - $300,000
  • Willow Park bank stabilization - $300,000
  • Rosealee Lane drainage improvements - $250,000
  • Anders Park Tennis Court lighting - $220,000
  • Walkway repairs - $200,000
  • Back-up generator for pump stations - $175,000
  • Green Bay drainage improvements - $150,000
  • Klein Road drainage improvements - $150,000
  • Sport court for Shannon Lake Tennis Court - $125,000
  • Water leak detection program - $100,000
  • Emergency generator for Fire Hall No. 31 - $75,000
  • Recreation Programming and Facilities Mater Plan - $75,000
  • Boiler replacement at Jim Lind Arena - $60,000
  • Wild Horse Park upgrades - $80,000
  • Playground upgrades at Vineyard Park - $50,000

 Council will consider Grants In Aid at an upcoming Council meeting.

 

Talk Budget With Council Open House

Council will host a public open house to present the draft 2017-2026 Financial Plan to residents. The event will be held Wednesday, February 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Westbank Library, in the Westridge Mall, 31 – 2484 Main Street, West Kelowna.

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