Penticton residents looking at 3.6 per cent budget increase

The City of Penticton is proposing to raise property taxes 3.6 per cent this year.

The 2019 draft financial plan was released Thursday in preparation of budget talks with council.

Around 1.6 per cent of the increase will go to new spending and projects....such $155,000 in new funding to pay for two new bylaw officers, $200,000 for new strategic street lighting, $150,000 for an additional RCMP officer and $30,000 to lease a new shared RCMP/bylaw space downtown.

In addition to the two new bylaw officers, the city is proposing to hire two new cleaning and maintenance staff, a records management clerk, economic development staff, fleet services manager and utility works supervisor.

The city is holding a pair of open houses next week giving residents the opportunity to learn more. Drop-in sessions will take place Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to noon at the Seniors Centre and Feb. 21, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Convention Centre.

Formal budget deliberations run Feb. 26-28 at city hall.