KAMLOOPS RESIDENTS won’t be getting the big tax cut many had likely been hoping for but, all things considered, City council has taken a balanced approach to a very difficult situation.
The only problem is that it didn’t go quite far enough.
The option of a zero-per-cent budget increase, for example, didn’t even get a sniff as council dealt with the fallout from COVID-19 Tuesday. Not even a mention.
Never before has a Kamloops council faced having to trim the cloth to fit the purse; usually, municipal budgets are about how much to increase spending, not reduce it.
A report from staff on Tuesday proposed a mixed-bag approach to the budget dilemma and that’s what council agreed to.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.