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Kelowna council is deliberating the 2023 preliminary budget. (Photo/Gary Barnes)

Updated: Kelowna council debates 2023 preliminary budget

Council and city staff are spending the day going through the document line-by-line.

Kelowna council is deliberating the 2023 preliminary budget. (Photo/Gary Barnes)
The Lake Country Art Gallery has requested an additional $10,000 for 2023 and 2024 from district council. (Photo/Brittany Webster)

Lake Country Art Gallery asks for more funding to support staff

‘Our demands for operation costs are such that our increase in wages has been minimal’

The Lake Country Art Gallery has requested an additional $10,000 for 2023 and 2024 from district council. (Photo/Brittany Webster)
According to apartment listing website, Zumper, as of Dec. 3 the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kelowna is $1,920. (Black Press files)

Kelowna city staff hoping ‘unprecedented numbers’ of approved rentals will improve low vacancy rates

‘Exactly what we’re looking for when we’re talking about putting housing in the right place’

According to apartment listing website, Zumper, as of Dec. 3 the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kelowna is $1,920. (Black Press files)
FortisBC has received interim approval from the BC Utilities Commission to raise its rates as of Jan. 1, 2023.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

FortisBC sparking nearly 4% rate hike for electric customers in the New Year

‘We are forecasting an increased cost to purchase power in the upcoming year’

FortisBC has received interim approval from the BC Utilities Commission to raise its rates as of Jan. 1, 2023.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
For the 21st year in a row, the city has received recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association. (Black Press file photo)

City of Kelowna staff awarded for being best at budgeting

‘It speaks to the level of talent we have at the City of Kelowna’

For the 21st year in a row, the city has received recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association. (Black Press file photo)
A live presentation for the 48th Annual Civic and Community Awards will be held on Apr. 20, 2023. (City of Kelowna)

Nominations sought for City of Kelowna’s annual civic awards

The nomination period is open until Feb. 10

A live presentation for the 48th Annual Civic and Community Awards will be held on Apr. 20, 2023. (City of Kelowna)
School District #23 is selling property it owns (right) which is next door to the site (left) of UBCO’s planned downtown campus. (Google Street Maps)

Real estate deal with school district to benefit UBC Okanagan’s downtown campus tower

UBC Properties Trust purchasing property next to site of its planned 43-storey building

School District #23 is selling property it owns (right) which is next door to the site (left) of UBCO’s planned downtown campus. (Google Street Maps)
The slowdown in planning and development applications experienced in 2022 is expected to stretch into next year. (Black Press file photo)

2022 building permits down, but values up in Kelowna

Planning permit values for third quarter of 2022 are off the record-setting pace set in 2021

The slowdown in planning and development applications experienced in 2022 is expected to stretch into next year. (Black Press file photo)
Residents of The Madison are considering a lawsuit against a proposed entertainment venue next door to their building. (Google Street View)

Legal fund donations to fight downtown Kelowna entertainment venue top $10K

The Revelry is planned for 1383 Ellis Street, next door to The Madison condos

Residents of The Madison are considering a lawsuit against a proposed entertainment venue next door to their building. (Google Street View)
City council approved a replacement for Parkinson Recreation Centre, to be built next to the Apple Bowl in March. (City of Kelowna)

Design dollars dumped from preliminary budget for Kelowna’s Parkinson Rec Centre replacement

It will be brought forward later next year as council approves related project milestones

City council approved a replacement for Parkinson Recreation Centre, to be built next to the Apple Bowl in March. (City of Kelowna)
Map showing area for proposed supportive housing and affordable rental apartment in Rutland. (City of Kelowna)

Supportive housing and affordable rentals planned for Kelowna’s Rutland neighbourhood

Two developments are proposed for Kneller Road near Highway 33.

Map showing area for proposed supportive housing and affordable rental apartment in Rutland. (City of Kelowna)
Council and staff start 2023 budget deliberations Dec. 8. (City of Kelowna)

Kelowna property taxes up slightly in 2023 budget

Economic factors including inflation, labour shortages, and supply chain disruption are a challenge

Council and staff start 2023 budget deliberations Dec. 8. (City of Kelowna)
JohnThiessen was a tireless advocate for Kelowna’s homeless. (Facebook)

Prominent Kelowna homeless advocate dies

Thiessen regularly fed and clothed those living on city streets

JohnThiessen was a tireless advocate for Kelowna’s homeless. (Facebook)
Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas speaks at swearing in ceremony for the new city council. (Barry Gerding/Black Press Media)

Kelowna council supports mayor in making city hall more transparent

Developers, resident groups, and others seeking to influence government decisions need to register

Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas speaks at swearing in ceremony for the new city council. (Barry Gerding/Black Press Media)
There were 108,500 people working in the Central Okanagan in Oct. compared to 106,600 in Nov. (Black Press file photo)

Central Okanagan jobless rate highest amongst major B.C. metropolitan areas

Unemployment rate was 4.3 per cent in October and 4.9 per cent in November

There were 108,500 people working in the Central Okanagan in Oct. compared to 106,600 in Nov. (Black Press file photo)
Former mayor Colin Basran, former councillor Ryan Donn, and current councillor Luke Stack are named in the judgement by Supreme Court Justice Lisa Warren. (Black Press file photo)

Civil court date coming for former Kelowna mayor and councillor, current councillor

Supreme court judge allows cross-examination over their part in a council decision in 2021

Former mayor Colin Basran, former councillor Ryan Donn, and current councillor Luke Stack are named in the judgement by Supreme Court Justice Lisa Warren. (Black Press file photo)
Members of Joe Rich Fire Rescue pose with donations from the 2020 food bank drive. (Contributed)

Leave donations on doorstep for Joe Rich fire department food drive

More than 1,100 kilograms donated in 2021

Members of Joe Rich Fire Rescue pose with donations from the 2020 food bank drive. (Contributed)
A man is likely lucky to be alive after sheltering in a dumpster and ending up in a garbage truck compactor. (Black Press file photo)

Man sheltering in West Kelowna dumpster nearly crushed in garbage truck

The driver heard banging noises coming from the truck’s compactor

A man is likely lucky to be alive after sheltering in a dumpster and ending up in a garbage truck compactor. (Black Press file photo)
City council starts budget deliberations on Thursday, Dec. 8. (Black Press file photo)

City of Kelowna proposes 4 per cent property tax hike for 2023

That works out to $91.68 for the year, for the median-priced single-detached home

City council starts budget deliberations on Thursday, Dec. 8. (Black Press file photo)
Integrated Crisis Response Teams are expected to be implemented in 2023. (Black Press file photo)

Interior Health, Kelowna RCMP teaming up more nurses with officers

More nurses and service hours have been expanded

Integrated Crisis Response Teams are expected to be implemented in 2023. (Black Press file photo)