It will be another week before Kamloops council finalizes its 2018 property tax increase, which currently sitting at just over 2%.
Senior staff presented a supplementary spending list of $1.3 million with council voting today for inclusion of $50,000 for a study about an outdoor skating rink and $45,000 for a new piece of Hazmat equipment for Kamloops Fire and Rescue.
Mayor Ken Christian says he is happy with the current direction.
“Council have really done their homework. They are weighing on each and every item and they have a lot of suggestions. So I think its a little too early to definitively say what that number is going to be, bu I will go out on a limb and say it will be under 2%.”
The biggest item left on the additional spending list is one million dollar for more work at the Westsyde Pool.
“The issues related to the Westsyde Pool are going to have some discussion. Of course we invested a lot of money out there. Do we say in terms of mow much further investment we make out there. I want to hear from administration has the community responded and has the utilization of that facility improved and if it has then lets go with additional supports and more programming.”
The tax increase averages out to $43 per average home assessed at $377,000.
The final budget meeting is set for next Tuesday.