2024 Draft Budget & Financial Plan

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2024 Budget Process has concluded. Thank you for your participation. 2025 Budget Process will begin December, 2024

March 19th - Council Adopts 2024 Budget & Financial Plan

After Council’s deliberation and amendments in February, the approval of Lake Country’s 2024 Operating and Capital Budget, as part of the five year financial plan, will result in a 9.52 percent increase on the municipal portion of property taxes, which represents an approximate increase of $248 to the average-single family home currently assessed at $1,086,000 (up slightly from $1,085,000 in 2023). This works out to approximately $171 for a $750,000 home, and $228 for a $1,000,000 home for comparison.

February 27th - Results of Special Council Meeting

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March 19th - Council Adopts 2024 Budget & Financial Plan

After Council’s deliberation and amendments in February, the approval of Lake Country’s 2024 Operating and Capital Budget, as part of the five year financial plan, will result in a 9.52 percent increase on the municipal portion of property taxes, which represents an approximate increase of $248 to the average-single family home currently assessed at $1,086,000 (up slightly from $1,085,000 in 2023). This works out to approximately $171 for a $750,000 home, and $228 for a $1,000,000 home for comparison.

February 27th - Results of Special Council Meeting

On February 27th Council reviewed and discussed the five-year financial plan that includes the 2024 budget. After several discussions leading up to the Special Council meeting it was determined that a 9.52% increase is necessary to maintain current service levels, support community safety, keeping up with rising costs of delivering services, long-term infrastructure planning and asset management, and wage increases required to attract and retain skilled staff.

The 9.52% increase represents an approximate increase to the average single family home (average value of $1,086,000) of $248.00.

Since the first reading of the budget on December 19th Council hosted a town hall which consisted of community members participating in person and through Facebook Live. Council also received and considered over 60 questions/comments that were submitted by community members through Let’s Talk – Lake Country and email.

View the recording or review the minutes of the February 27th Special Council Meeting.


Curious how Public Art in Lake Country is funded. Take a couple of minutes to read over this article.


If you didn't get a chance to watch the 2024 Budget Town Hall - not to worry. You can watch the video from January 23rd online. If you have a question or comment for Council regarding the 2024 budget - it's not to late to ask! Council is encouraging community input up until February 27th, which is when Council will next meet to discuss the 2024 budget.




December 19th @ 5:30 pm - Budget Presentation to Council

Attend in person, watch live or review the video after the meeting.

Presentation to Council - December 19th


Community Safety is the Highest Priority for Council Consideration 

 On Tuesday December 19th beginning at 5:30 pm Council will deliberate the five-year financial plan (2024-2028) which includes a deep dive into the 2024 budget.

Community safety is the highest priority for Lake Country Council to consider in the 2024 budget process. Impacts of the August wildfires are still top of mind as they effected many Lake Country residents. Some Lake Country firefighting equipment was damaged during the August 2023 wildfires. Also, several pieces of equipment and vehicles are nearing end of life, and the recent events have accelerated the aging process and need to be replaced. Having modern and up-to-date technology in gear, tools and equipment will give the Lake Country fire department the upper hand, when unavoidable events - like wildfires - strike our community.

In 2022 Lake Country surpassed the 15,000-population threshold resulting in increased cost to the District for RCMP strength to support the growing community. In 2023 Council started down the path of growing the membership from 18 to 24 and in the 2024 budget, Council is considering increasing the membership to 20.

Staff is recommending that Council consider a 10.02% property tax increase in 2024, to support community safety, keeping up with rising costs of delivering services, long-term infrastructure planning and asset management, and wage increases required to attract and retain skilled staff.

A 1% tax increase translates to approximately $200,000 in revenue. The impact of the proposed 10.02% property tax increase to Lake Country property owners would result in a $261 yearly increase on a 2023 average priced single-family home of $1,087,000.

Get Involved! 

As 2024 budget deliberations start on Tuesday evening, it is important that everyone get involved and let Council know your thoughts on the proposed budget. Budget details can be found at Let’s Talk-Lake Country. Review the information and leave your questions/comments on the official webpage. Staff will ensure that all feedback received from the community on the 2024 draft budget is relayed to Council prior to adoption of the five-year financial plan.

Mark your calendar – A Community Town Hall will be held on Tuesday January 23rd beginning at 7pm. Participate in person, at Municipal Hall, Council meeting streaming or watch the recording after the meeting – your choice. Submit a question below before the meeting.

Important to note – aside from District official social media channels (Facebook and Instagram) – staff do not regularly monitor comments or conversations on external pages and groups.

2024 Budget Process has concluded. Thank you for your participation. 2025 Budget Process will begin December, 2024

Have a question and/or comment about the draft 2024 budget? Ask your question and staff will try to get back to you as soon as possible.  All questions and comments will be relayed to Council prior to the February 13th Special Council Meeting to review the budget. 

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    I am writing to express my utter condemnation of any proposal to spend $500,000 [or even a fraction of that amount] for an unnecessary recreational project such as a mountain bike park. In fact, I am in opposition to any proposed use of limited funds for recreational or artistic purposes until such time as safety issues such as road repair [not patching or filling in potholes but actual repaving] and sidewalks are created! This council should not even be contemplating such unnecessary items as more parks or a pool and instead should consider how to minimize tax hits! and provide maintenance of existing facilities and infrastructure.

    golf girl asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for the comments - they have been passed on to Council.


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    The Summerland town council just confirmed a tax increase of just 5.4%. The Kelowna Courier article also indicated that the property tax on a home valued at $944K was $1,998. My home value is approximately that same as this and my taxes last year were double at about $3900. There are a number of very comparable value between Summerland and Lake Country such as population (S - 12,000, LC - 15,000), Land Area (s-74 km2 , LC - 122 km2) and population density (S - 162 per km2, LC - 130 per km2). My question is what is Summerland doing to keep their property tax amount half of my current amount and their tax increase at 5.4% while Lake Country is looking at a 10% increase?

    Paul Flynn asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the question.

    Please keep in mind that this is not apples to apples as different municipalities utilize levies and parcel taxes in different ways  (for example municipality A might have lower tax rates than municipality B but if municipality A has several large parcel taxes for various reasons the overall tax bill could still end up being higher, and when tax increases are applied they might only be applied to the rates and leaving the parcel tax unchanged). However, the reason for the discrepancy you’re seeing is you are comparing your tax bill in Lake Country for absolutely everything to the amount for Summerland that they are referring to just the municipal portion.  

    If you look on your tax bill you’ll see a number of different lines. The municipal budget that Council adopts only has control over the municipal portion of the bill (in our case this is broken down and includes Municipal, Policing and Fire protection levy) but there are also amounts that the District collects on behalf of other governments, the Regional District, Regional Hospital, Regional Library, local School tax to name a few. Depending on the value of your property the non municipal portions can be approximately 30-40% of the total bill. I would imagine the $3,900 you’re referring to on your bill is for your total tax bill. The $1,998 from the article would be just the municipal portion that Summerland controls. I just went and picked a random property in Summerland that was $939,000 in 2023 and their total tax bill (including all amounts Summerland would have collected on behalf of other governments) was $3,904 for 2023.

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    In the Capital Budget proposals where a project cost is shown is this cost directly related to the anticipated third party contract to be signed. For example, the Detailed design of new park and trail amenities within Swalwell Park and Middle Vernon Creek corridor has a project cost of $190,000. 1. If approved, would this be the budget used to hire a contractor or consultant to do this work? 2. Is this the case for all proposed Capital Project costs? 3. When a project is completed 100% or less by DLC staff, how are those costs allocated in the budget?

    Paul Flynn asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for the questions.

    “Is this cost directly related to the anticipated third party contract to be signed” for this it depends. For the design portion of projects, most of the cases the full project budget would be for third parties, and usually multiple third parties. In some cases the project budget is made up of more than that. While those numbers wouldn’t include the cost of the time spent by some of our staff such as the manager/director and employees responsible for delivering the project as well as coordinating with the consultant/third-party however there are some rare cases where the project budget has some sort of staff tied to it (see answer to question 3 for an example). 

    1. Yes the project budget would be for hiring third parties to work with our staff on creating a detailed design and preparing construction documents for initial improvement works. This wouldn’t just be for one contractor/consultant. For this project for example it would include but not limited to the following:
      • Landscape architect
      • Geotechnical engineer
      • Due to the riparian area involved there would be archaeological work involved
      • Building designers
      • Playground design
      • Topographical and legal survey work
    1. This would be the case typically for the design phase capital projects, however construction projects would have the materials, supplies, assets etc. attached to them and things like equipment the capital costs would be for purchasing the assets in addition to the other professional services that come along with a major project.
    2. The existing staff component would not show up as a capital budget request, in the rare case where a major capital project requires additional ongoing staffing it would show up. An example would be the Enterprise Resource Planning system (one overall system that integrates basically everything the District does) that is being implemented, the original project budget called for a business analyst to be hired as part of the project to assist in implementation but then would be ongoing to run, maintain and improve the system over time. In this case because the new staff member’s entire time related to the project their wages and benefits were part of the capital budget.
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    Hi there! I have started non profit family resource organization called Lake Country Family Place in response to the lack of family support services in our community despite our growing young families population. In order to succeed at this we need funding. I would like to suggest some funding is allocated to helping make this organization a success and supporting families in our community.

    Anna asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the comment.

    Council does consider Grant In Aid applications throughout the year. Funding request information and application can be found on the District website. 

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    when does safe drinking water for everyone become a priority for council? been here 20 years and still can't drink the water from my taps and have to buy water--yet pay the same water bill and taxes as everyone else

    golfgirl asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the question. Please refer to the Updated Water Master Plan project page, as well as the 2023 Water Master Plan. Many of the questions you have regarding Water in Lake Country are addressed on the project page.



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    What is the game plan for the $6.7 million grant that LC has received? I understand it must be used for infrastructure so does that mean that the roads and water quality of Beaver Lake and Oyama water sources will finally be fixed?

    golfgirl asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the question.  

    There has been a strategy session on this grant, as well as discussion at 1st reading of the budget. There will be more discussion and potentially some decisions for the direction of the money at 2nd & 3rd readings. In the meantime, investment income is being earned on the funds received and will add to the amount available to go towards infrastructure projects once Council has made a decision. 

    Regarding water:

    • The water utility is funded through water rates, not property taxes. 
    • The Beaver Lake water source is on a Water Quality Advisory, and is only considered non-potable to those that have a compromised immune system.
    • The Beaver Lake source is switched over to the Okanagan lake supply for much of the year. Okanagan Lake is considered a higher water quality source in comparison to Beaver Lake. 
    • The District has made huge investments in improving water quality for this source, which has greatly reduced the number of boil water advisories. 
      • Increased storage for when the creek water quality is poor 
      • Improved Okanagan Lake & Beaver Lake interconnect 
    • The next major improvement on this source is the construction of a water treatment plant, but this is an extremely expensive capital project (>$80M).
    • Council adopted the Water Master Plan which has a financial strategy to pay for such a large expense, but it relies on senior government grant funding. There currently are no grant programs available to fund a project of this magnitude but we continue to seek and advocate for these grants.
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    One suggestion is the split selected capital projects over two years. For example, the Mountain Bike park is a significant project with some risk involved. Build only the green run in year one (at a reduced budget) and differ the balance. Something similar could be done with the Outdoor budget on the tennis courts mentioned. There are potentially other projects where a two phase approach could reduce risk and cost that could be identified.

    Paul Flynn asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the comments - we will pass on your ideas to Council prior to 2nd and 3rd reading of the budget on February 27th.

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    As we are retired people and living on fixed income we are strongly opposing any more excessive tax increases. The last two years we have very high tax increases and we can not afford more. We are not here financing your adventures management wish list. It’s never happened in the past any manager requested less money they always wanted more money. They make sure all the money spent even on stupidity (like turtle crossing at the Lakes ) so they can request more money in the next budget. We understand the cost increase but how it will stop? Who is will stop the frequent tax increase? The citizens of Lake Country telling you that is enough. You have to able to manage the district without tax increases. You already planned 10% tax increases in the next 5 years with the water supply. I think too many pickup truck running around the district may be worth to look into it. I think there is a principle difference about the budget. You want to grow , spend more money, have more people working for you so you can claim higher wages. We just want to afford to live here.

    Tibor asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the comments - we will pass on your thoughts to Council prior to 2nd and 3rd reading of the budget on February 27th.

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    I do not expect a satisfactory answer, nevertheless, a property tax increase of 29% over the last 2 years and more to come in the future on top of a 50% increase of the water bill in the next few years is unacceptable by any reasonable standards, how will council retain credibility in face of these charges without any significant cuts in budgets, staffing, programs and even salary raises. People have been forced to move away from Lake Country, to other more livable jurisdictions and Alberta.

    Ian asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the comments - we will pass on your thoughts to Council prior to 2nd and 3rd reading of the budget on February 27th.

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    I would like to know more details on some of the capital projects. The Budget document just includes big round numbers such as $500,000 for the Mountain Bike park or $250,000 for Outdoor Parks. Is there a document available that shows a more detailed project costing?

    Paul Flynn asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the question.

    Capital projects are budgeted based on estimates. If Council approves the project RFPs are issued and procured  in accordance with the District's Purchasing Policy.