Have your say on future Kelowna municipal infrastructure spending

The city wants to know how you would spend to keep civic roads, bridges building and utilities in god shape.

Keeping what’s on the ground and what’s under ground in good shape is a priority for the City of Kelowna.

According to city hall, it has a responsibility to deliver infrastructure that ensures community health and safety while meeting legislative requirements and providing opportunities for growth and economic development.

So it wants to hear what its residents have to say about how it should spend its money to do that.

As reported earlier this week, the city has launched an online “budget allocator” so residents can experience firsthand what it’s like to balance the level of infrastructure investment in city parks, transportation, civic and recreation buildings and utilities.

City officials say the information collected will be used to help create awareness and inform its residents about current funding levels for city infrastructure.

Earlier this week, council was shown the first draft of the city’s 2030 Infrastructure Plan, which carries a possible total price tag of $1.04 billion over the next 15 years.

The results of the online exercise, along with other plans, regulations and financial policies will be presented to city council in December to help further refineme of the 2030 Infrastructure Plan this winter.

To kick off the information gathering, city staff will be on hand at Orchard Park Shopping Centre—outside the HMV store Friday (Nov. 13) and  Saturday (Nov. 14) from noon to 5 p.m. to answer questions regarding the plan and provide an opportunity for citizens to go online.

The opportunity for online input closes Dec. 6.

Visit kelowna.ca/2030kelowna to learn more and to access the online budget allocator.