Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

City proposes 2.25 per cent tax increase in 2021 budget

Feedback will be open starting Nov. 9

The City of Penticton is set to start planning for 2021’s budget.

The budget talks will be on Nov. 24 through to the 26th, but the public can give the draft plans a look now.

Feedback will begin on Nov. 9 through and through kiosks at City Hall and the Penticton Library.

The city has published the proposed 2021 corporate business plan and draft 2021-2025 financial plan on the City of Penticton website.

“The unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 required a comprehensive process to arrive at the recommended 2021-2025 Financial Plan,”said Penticton’s general manager of finance and administration Jim Bauer in a press release. “This year’s budget process involved a thorough review of spending, identifying additional non-taxation revenue and proposes a moderate tax increase of 2.25 per cent while temporarily drawing from reserves to help balance next year’s budget.”

Hard-copies of the plans are available in limited numbers at City Hall and the library.

READ MORE: Cuts help balance Penticton’s COVID-19 budget

Through the City of Penticton Facebook account, a presentation of the budget will be live-streamed Nov. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m., with questions taken through the comments.

The City will also be holding a single in-person event on Nov. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Trade and Convention Centre. For people interested in participating, they will be required to register in advance and be provided with a specific time-slot for when they will be allowed to attend. To register, you can call 250-490-2464.

Social distancing and masks will be required at all times during the session.

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