The city of Penticton is starting its 2022 budget planning with plans for a potential 8.5 per cent tax increase.
That increase would be split between an increase to meet inflation, at 4.1 per cent, and an increase to cover costs for city safety at 4.4 per cent.
The city’s draft budget will be coming to the public for feedback in open houses on Nov. 17 and 18, and then for debate and decisions by council over Nov. 22 and 23.
Council expressed their concerns over the increase, with notes that any tax rate, if any, won’t be decided until the budget is deliberated and approved by them.
The city also has $2.5 million of the COVID-19 Restart Grant remaining to address potential future shortfalls in revenue, such as transit and events, both of which were noted to still be waiting to recover.
Part of the costs are due to increases in the city’s collective agreements, as well as for increased costs to goods and materials as well.
The RCMP costs are also going up due to their salaries increasing.
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