Budget Highlights

  • Provides funding for 123 individual services, from small local services to region wide
  • Total taxes in 2021 have decreased by almost $400,000 compared to 2020, and is almost $1.3 million lower than it was in 2015.

  • Increases or decreases in residential class taxation vary area by area due to individual changes in assessment compared to 2020. Seven of the 11 municipalities and 10 electoral areas will expect to see a decrease in property taxes in 2021 while the rest will have increases. These range from an estimated decrease of $26.64 on average in Electoral Area “J” to an increase of $20.45 on average in Electoral Area “I”.
  • The increases and decreases and mainly driven by relative changes in assessment values set by BC Assessment and significant increases in market values of residential properties in the interior of BC.
  • This budget invests almost $29 million in public safety over the next five years, including over $12.6 million in fire protection to rural communities over this period.
  • Includes investments for construction of new fire halls for Loon Lake and Tobiano volunteer fire departments.
  • Invests over $15 million dollars over five years into 11 drinking water and 3 wastewater utility services, including $1.4 million for a new water source for Black Pines, a proposed $5 million new water treatment and filtration plant in the Pritchard area and $3.6 million to install water meters in all TNRD drinking water utilities.
  • Both the Pritchard water treatment plant and the water meter project are funded 100% through successful grants awarded from Canada Infrastructure Program-Rural and Northern Communities program and the Federal Gas Tax-Strategic Priorities Fund respectively
  • 2/3 of the Black Pines water project is funded by Federal Grant (New Building Canada – Small Communities Fund grant) and community borrowing for the remaining 1/3 share
  • $11.4 million in continued operating funding for TNRD Public Library system in 2021, and greater than $45 million over the five years, including proposed new branch construction in Sun Peaks and the South-West area of Kamloops (pending grand funding availability)
  • Invests over $3.8 million into community and regional parks and more than $2.0 million into community halls and other recreation facilities throughout the TNRD over the next five years
  • Invests almost $54 million over the next five years into solid waste collection facilities, recycling and landfilling, which includes construction of a new Eco-Depot in the Ashcroft-Cache creek area to better service the western end of the TNRD
  • Invests over $6.4 million over the next five years into pest control to reduce invasive weeds and mosquitos in participating areas of the TNRD.

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