The city is hosting a public budget meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, a meeting that will include a rundown of supplemental budget items to be considered by council.
Supplemental budget items will earlier be introduced to council and could include such asks as funding for a multi-use park at McArthur Island, emergency support staff to be shared with the TNRD and more.
The mayor has said this year will be challenging when it comes to budgetary extras, due to a provisional tax increase currently sitting at 3.4 per cent.
That number has yet to be finalized — it will be set in April after BC Assessment finalizes its numbers — but a November public budget meeting in North Kamloops drew many residents, due to the city proposing one of the largest tax hikes in the past decade.
The city has said costs handed down from the province have led to the increase, as well as the addition of three RCMP officers and an increased snow removal-streets budget.
Residents will have the opportunity to engage with staff and provide feedback at the public budget meeting, which will be held in the Valley First Lounge at Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 7.
Residents can also provide feedback online at https://letstalk.kamloops.ca/budget.
That link also provides videos about the city’s budget process, including video of November’s budget meeting.