City of Vernon budget plan ready for public scrutiny

The public can have its say on the proposed City of Vernon five-year financial plan.

The proposed 2014-2018 financial plan for the city will be on the agenda for three special regular council meetings: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., and Friday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

The meetings will be held in council chambers at city hall, with opportunity for public input at 11 a.m. each day.

The goal for the plan is to meet council’s commitment to “looking after our house,” and offers a roadmap for providing professional, efficient and economical services to the citizens of Vernon while recognizing budgetary realities.

One of the most noteworthy items in the budget includes the recreation agreement and parks agreement, which shifts ownership, control and responsibility for local parks, recreation facilities and programs from the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) to the city.

Although this agreement means Vernon homeowners will see an increase in property taxes, these will be offset by a reduction in RDNO tax requisitions — a move that ultimately simplifies the management of the  city’s parks and recreation facilities.

The public can view the proposed 2014-2018 budget plan at


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