Peachland council will be convening in a special online meeting on Tuesday to take a second look at its budget in the hopes of bringing down any tax increases.
Council is expected to review the city’s planned spending for this year in the hopes of cutting any tax increase to help those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a difficult time. People are out of work, people are worrying about money and if there is something we can do to help make it easier, maybe delay payment or cut back on some projects that we’d hope to do in the next year, then we want to take a look at that,” Mayor Cindy Fortin said.
Fortin said the 2020 budget is still being finalized but before this additional review on spending prompted by the pandemic, the tax increase was expected to be in the ballpark of 4 per cent.
Fortin pointed to the the fire hall facility assessment study as work that may be able to be delayed. That project is currently budgeted for $55,000.
The City of Kelowna has also publicly announced it plans to cut is budget as it expects revenues to drop dramatically this year due to the pandemic.View link »