An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE to start a new job and have to tell the people who hired you they’ll need to pay more to run the business?
That’s what Kamloops City council is facing as it looks at a new inflation-crafted budget for next year. The finance department gave council a look at the 2023 provisional numbers yesterday and they don’t look pretty.
A lot of it has to do with the pandemic but a lot also has to do with rising costs of materials and services. Everything from road paint to fuel, insurance and labour contracts are up. Meanwhile, revenues are down.
The result? A projected 5.6 per cent budget hike.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.