The front entrance to the Village of Keremeos offices is boarded up after a man damaged property and allegedly attacked staff inside. (Keremeos News)

The front entrance to the Village of Keremeos offices is boarded up after a man damaged property and allegedly attacked staff inside. (Keremeos News)

Security upgrades up for early budget approval in Keremeos

The village also is looking at early approval for park and garden projects

The Village of Keremeos is looking at several items for early budget approval.

The projects will be discussed at council Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Victory Hall, where council is being held while repairs are being finished at the municipal offices.

There is $51,000 earmarked for security upgrades, which will be funded through the small community grant.

Some of the repairs the village is having to make at the village hall came after the police incident that unfolded there last month.

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The projects require early approval in order for them to get underway on time.

The early approval includes $106,000 for the Community Garden, which will be grant funded, and $98,000 in a mix of grant and sewer reserve funds to begin repair and replacing the community’s manholes.

There are $48,000 each of COVID-19 grant funding that will go twards the completion of the pocket park, and upgrades to Pine Park.

The village’s operation budget, separate from the capital and special projects budget, will undergo another reading at Tuesday’s council.

The operating budget is looking at a two per cent tax increase, below the inflation rate of 3.9 per cent, which will lead to the average residential property of $411,000 seeing an increase of $40 a year in taxes.

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