Brief: City budget moves forward at 4.5% increase

Some tweaks to the budget were made at the Mar. 26 meeting.

File photo: Revelstoke city council at their Feb. 12, 2019 regular meeting. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke’s city council made some tweaks to the city budget at their Mar. 26 meeting, but the 4.5% tax increase outlined in most recent iterations of the budget remains the same.

(For background on this year’s budget process, see previous Revelstoke Mountaineer stories here, here, here and here.)

There have been a few changes since the last version.

Funding for the proposed new communications position was scaled back by 50%, and the remaining 50% is to be used for bylaw enforcement purposes.

The “RCMP authorized strength” is to be increased from 13 to 14 officers, although it is believed that will not lead to an actual budget increase because the RCMP is currently below their full staffing strength due to factors like injuries and leave.

The Revelstoke Cycling Association’s request for $10,000 in funding was approved, contingent on their request to the Columbia–Shuswap Regional District denying the same funding request.

The increase does not include increases to water and sewer rates approved in early 2019.

Next steps

Council is scheduled to do the first three readings of the bylaw at their April 9 meeting.

On April 11, council will look at tax distribution and rates. This is the part of the process where dividing the budget pie into various classes, such as residential or commercial, takes place.

Council is targeting May 14 as the date for final adoption of the bylaw.