Proposed replacement of Parkinson Rec Centre put on hold

PRC removed from budget

The next phase in the planning for a proposed replacement of the Parkinson Recreation Centre has been put on hold.

A $3.9 million request included as part of the city's preliminary 2023 capital budget has been removed from the document until such time as the new city council has had a chance to review and endorse the overall project.

Should they approve the project, the money would be brought forward sometime in the new year.

The $3.9 million requested would come from city reserves and have no impact on municipal taxation.

The estimated cost of what is being called the Kelowna Community Campus is estimated to cost $164 million.

Borrowing for the project, if ultimately approved by council, would need voter assent before moving forward.

Overall, the preliminary budget includes a total tax demand of nearly $175.5 million, a 4.1 per cent increase over the 2022 budget.

Community safety, including RCMP, fire and bylaw accounts for $75 million of the $175 million requested.

The community safety budget is pegged at $52.499 million while fire comes in at just under $22.6 million.

While the budget does not include money for new RCMP officers, a non-funded Priority 2 item includes an ask for six new officers and four watch co-ordinators. The overall cost, if elevated to Priority 1 would be just under $530,000.

The only priority request for the fire department is $150,000 to undertake a fire department master plan.

Council will debate every capital and operational request contained within the 438-page budget binder next Thursday.

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