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Budget Process

Every year City Council, the City Manager and City staff work together to develop an annual budget. The budget process, and the decisions that must be made on how to best lead the development of a safe, vibrant and sustainable city, are supported by the Official Community Plan, 10-year Capital Plan, 20-year Servicing Plan and Council priorities.

Plans that influence the budget  

The budget serves as an outline for how the monies that come into the City of Kelowna should be spent to maintain and improve the City. As the City is limited by the amount of resources available, the budget helps in determining which objectives have the highest priority and will produce the greatest positive impact in the community.

Expenditures focus on meeting these objectives:
  • Supporting a safe, healthy and active community 
  • Supporting a growing, progressive economy
  • Protecting our natural environment 
  • Investing in sustainable infrastructure
  • Sound fiscal management
  • Strong innovative leadership  

Check out the Annual Funding Cycle infographic for a visual on the year-long budget and tax process and the Document Centre for links to the plans that influence the budget.

Budget calendar

  • Aug. 29, 2014 - Departmental Integrated Work Plans complete
  • Aug. 29, 2014 - Finance determines base budget impacts based on 2014 Financial Plan
  • Sept. 18, 2014 - Establish overall City priorities for the 2015 budget year based on discussions with Council and City Manager
  • Oct. 21, 2014 - City Manager meets with each department to review and prioritize capital requests, supplements and expenditure reductions
  • Jan. 12, 2015 - Budget overview presentation to Council
  • Jan. 15, 2015 - Council review and adoption of the 2015 provisional budget
  • Mar. 16, 2015 - Council review and adoption of carryover projects
  • May 4, 2015 - Council review and adoption of final budget requests, property tax rates and 5-year Financial Plan

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