We have a final property tax increase figure.
Kamloops homeowners will pay 2.05% more in property taxes this year.
The number was driven up as Council voted to spend $1.3 million in capital upgrades and program expansion for the Westsyde Pool.
City of Kamloops Parks and Rec Director Byron McCorkell cautioned council against reducing programming at the pool.
“To think less hours makes more use because it doesn’t. It takes away somebody’s use of the pool. So we are saying this way we have come to a happy medium of where we think the users will come from in the times they would like to use it and so we have presented that to you. But if we want to go back that is fine but don’t expect us then to increase the usage”
Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian who supported a tax hike of under two per cent says he is happy with today’s outcome
“I would have preferred to see it under 2% but you know I think still we are well below like municipalities and certainly something I can live with. I think we have to be fiscally prudent and look for efficiencies and keep doing that going forward.”
The increase equals $42 more per average home assessed at $377,000 in the city.