News from Kamloops

Oct 20, 2014

The City of Kamloops introduces virtual budget meetings

Kamloops, B.C. –  Each year the City hosts public meetings regarding the City budget to give citizens an overview and hear their comments and suggestions.

This year’s focus is on City service levels. Roll up your sleeves and participate in these sessions with City staff and Council regarding your priorities in service levels; things like how often your garbage is picked up, how often the sports fields are maintained, hours of operation at City facilities and utilities management. Service levels are one of the largest influences on the annual budget and we want to know what’s important to you. So let’s talk about it.

For convenience, the City is offering one daytime session and one evening session on Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

  • 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Parkside Lounge, Interior Savings Centre; and
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at McArthur Island Sports Centre.

In addition to being able to follow the conversation on Twitter using #kamloopsbudget, this year we’ve added in virtual budget meetings. Using TeamSpeak software, residents can tune in and listen in real time, with the ability to post comments and ideas.

Information on TeamSpeak and documents to support the budget meetings are viewable at www.kamloops.ca/2015budget.

Input from these public meetings will be recorded and considered when Council makes its final decisions on the 2015 budget and tax rate.

Your participation will influence the process. Mayor, Council and City managers will develop a broader understanding of community interests, concerns, and ideas. These factors are considered and weighed before final deliberation of the budget.

So let’s talk. By sharing your priorities and participating in the City’s budget process, you can help create a strong future for our city.

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Media Contact:
Sally Edwards, Finance Director
City of Kamloops
250-250-828-3413
sedwards@kamloops.ca