City reviewing service-provider agreements

The city’s finance committee is meeting with service providers as part of a review of millions of dollars worth of financial support dolled out annually.

The city has service agreements, which are essentially contracts, with a variety of agencies and non-profits, big and small, totalling about $3.5 million per year.

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“They fall into a couple of different categories,” city corporate services director Kathy Humphrey said.

“They could be providing a service that the city doesn’t do. It could be maintaining assets that the city owns on behalf of the city. It could be helping them provide social services that are important to the city but not within our ability,” she said.

“There’s a whole variety of things and they range from really small to really quite large, supporting Tourism Kamloops or the symphony, stuff like that.”

The agreements expire at the end of December and council asked the finance committee to renew and review the agreements.

The process began about a month ago.

New councillors have been learning about the organizations, services provided and how much is given to groups.

A recommendation is expected from the finance committee to council this summer.

Coun. Denis Walsh said Venture Kamloops, Tourism Kamloops, the BC Wildlife Park and the Kamloops Food Bank are among groups that have been receiving city funding, while others have not been included.

He said the committee will have to decide whether to fund new service providers, decrease funding to others and/or increase the total funding amount on behalf of the city.

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