Tax increase of 11.4% proposed for West Kelowna

File photo. West Kelowna council is considering a significant tax hike for 2024. Global News

A tax hike of 11.41 per cent. That’s what city council in West Kelowna will discuss on Tuesday as it looks at next year’s budget.

A report to city council, which is available online, compiled a list of rising costs, chief among them being policing, fire and rescue plus operations and road maintenance.

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Osoyoos residents facing significant tax hike

In all, the report forecasts the city’s tax total to rise to $46.929 million, up from $41.563 million in 2023. That equates to a net tax increase of 11.41 per cent.

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“This proposed increase is substantial,” reads the report, “and has not been taken lightly by management with considerable mitigation efforts to bring it down.”

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The report was from the city’s director of finance, Warren Everton, and reviewed by three others, including the city’s deputy chief administrative officer Trevor Seibel.

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The report recommends that council members direct city staff to incorporate the tax increase, and that council give it first reading.

In Kamloops, city council is eyeing a 10.81 per cent tax increase while Osoyoos recently increased its property taxes by 39.3 per cent.

Elsewhere, Penticton is facing a 5.0 per cent tax increase while Kelowna upped its taxes by 4.75 per cent.

Last year, the District of Lake Country upped its taxes by 17.05 per cent.


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