Small turnout for West Kelowna budget open house

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater - Wade Paterson/Capital News
West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

Only eight people stopped by to give West Kelowna council feedback on the proposed budget at a three-hour open house Wednesday evening.

But according to Mayor Doug Findlater, that may not necessarily be a bad thing.

"I think people are comfortable; (they) think things are being managed well," said Findlater.

He added the turnout has gradually decreased since the years immediately following incorporation.

"In 2008 we filled the Lions Hall for budget consultations."

Concerns ranged among the eight attendees at this year's meeting.

A downtown property owner questioned commercial property rates and sewer rates. One woman advocated for more involvement in social policy and transit. A farmer asked about taxes on his piece of agricultural land.

But there was also several positive comments, said Findlater.

"They were impressed we've been able to keep taxes at a reasonable level while getting a lot done."

This year the district has opted to only host one open house; however, comments regarding the budget can still be submitted via email,, or phone, 778-797-1000.


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