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Budget process & calendar

Plans that influence the budget 
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.

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.

Decisions are guided by the City's Financial principles and strategies.

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

Key dates for the 2016 budget are below.   

Date/time        Milestones 
Aug. 28, 2015  Departmental Integrated Work Plans complete
Sept. 10, 2015 Establish City priorities for the 2016 budget year, based on discussion with Council & City Manager
Oct. 21, 2015 City Manager meets with each department to review and prioritize capital requests, supplements and expenditure reductions
Dec. 14, 2015 Council receives overview presentation of the 2016 budget
Dec. 17, 2015 Council reviews and adopts of the 2016 provisional budget
March 14, 2016 Council reviews and adopts carryover projects from 2015
April 25, 2016 Council reviews and adopts final budget requests, property tax rates and 5-year Financial Plan 

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