URBA Blurbs

April 20, 2023


Annual Membership Fee: $199

Interested in becoming an Associate Member of the Uptown Rutland Business Improvement Association (URBIA)?

Associate memberships are perfect for professional individuals, businesses, property owners or organizations that are not located within the physical boundaries of the URBIA and would like to be part of the thriving and supportive business community URBA has to offer. Home-based and remote businesses will be accepted.

Associate Members do not receive a vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Benefits of Associate Membership:

• Listing on the URBA website with a reciprocal link on the associate member’s website

• Receive URBA e-newsletters and group emails

• Serve on URBA committees

• Attend URBA After Hours and other events (grow your business network)

• Advertising opportunities – to be involved in various advertising ventures URBA undertakes ie. various Kelowna print & digital media

For any inquiries, please contact Executive Director

Karen Beaubier at executivedirector@uptownrutland.com

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Council to Consider Final Budget Monday

News Release

April 20, 2023


On Monday, April 24, Kelowna City Council will consider the final 2023 budget which focuses on directing funding toward the highest needs of the community and maintaining and expanding critical infrastructure for the fastest growing city in B.C. 


The budget proposes an $86.42 increase to property taxes based on the average value single-detached home in Kelowna. The moderate 3.78 per cent—or $7.20 per month—increase includes the introduction of a one-per-cent public safety levy to fund the addition of six new RCMP members, four firefighters and four bylaw officers. 


“Public safety continues to be top of mind for Council and residents,” said Doug Gilchrist, Kelowna’s City Manager. “The levy provides a dedicated and predictable ongoing funding source for one of the highest community priorities and will allow for improved financial planning and forecasting for the future.” 


Aligned with the new 2023–2026 council priorities, the 2023 budget also includes: 


  • $31 million in parks improvements and development, $35 million for infrastructure renewal, $16.9 million for parkland acquisitions and $2 million for general land acquisitions 
  • $25.4 million in transportation projects including $6.5 million for active transportation networks, $3.3 million in road renewal, and $1.2 million for a planned Okanagan College transit exchange enhancement 
  • Investment in the delivery of the City’s Community Safety Plan 
  • $75k to conduct a housing needs assessment 
  • Nearly $1 million to advance Council’s priority on climate and environment through climate action initiatives, and continued expansion of public electric vehicle charging stations 


The total 2023 proposed tax demand is $176.6 million, which represents approximately one-quarter of the City’s operational revenues. Most City funding comes from other sources such as reserves and surplus, fees and charges, and grants. 


"Healthy financial reserves, solid long-term investments, self-funding business units and strong revenue generation have helped minimize the tax impact on our citizens amid complex global financial challenges,” said Melanie Antunes, Manager, Financial Planning. “A continued focus on strong, innovative financial practices will be necessary as we continue to navigate inflationary cost pressures and supply chain issues.” 


Nearly $3 million in grants will go toward the Mill Creek Flood Protection project and KLO Mission Creek sewer connection, while $32.5 million in Development Cost Charge (DCC) revenue will fund over 26 projects, such as DeHart Park, Glenmore Recreation Park, designing the extensions of Commonwealth Rd. and Frost Rd., lighting the Okanagan Rail Trail from Dilworth to Leathead, and connecting various active transportation routes including the Sutherland Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) to the Parkinson Recreation Overpass, the Ethel/Casorso ATC south from Okanagan College to Rotary Beach, and the Houghton ATC from Hollywood to Rutland Rd. 


Property taxes are due July 4 and there is a legislated, non-discretionary penalty of 10 per cent for late payments. In addition to cash, cheque, debit and online banking, property tax payments can also be made this year through credit card. Property owners are reminded that the Homeowner Grant program is provided through the Province of BC. To apply for a retroactive or new grant visit gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant


To watch the Council meeting live, visit kelowna.ca/council. For more information about the City budget and to view the 2023 Financial Plan, visit kelowna.ca/budget.

Meet Dr. David Urness,

Chiropractor and Facilitator of Community Well-being

Dr. David Urness has been providing chiropractic care for over 25 years out of Valleyview Chiropractic, located just off Hwy 33, in the heart of Rutland.

The chiropractic team at ValleyView aims to produce the best possible outcome for patients in the least number of treatments possible, and the services they offer allow patients to achieve and regain healthy, active lifestyles.

Having the support and resources to live an active lifestyle is integral to mental and physical well-being. And Dr. Urness is passionate about facilitating community well-being through his stewardship of many projects and assets as well as continuous education which provides patients with valuable knowledge and skills.

“I feel compelled to give back and contribute positively back to this community,” he says about his impact on the community and conversely its impact on him. When asked what he believes makes Rutland special he responded “community and people who value it.”

Over the years he’s observed many changes in Rutland, that he believes have worked towards achieving these same objectives.

“There is an increased urban appeal with such positive developments in green space use like Ben Lee Park, and the newly renovated Rutland Centennial park…excellent sports complex at Rutland Sports Fields, YMCA, gymnastics center, arena and seniors center, the resources are far-reaching for residents in this area” he explains.

In fact, his favourite memory in Rutland was the construction of Ben Lee park, noting that “the late Mr. Lee worked tirelessly to establish what was to become the catalyst toward urban renewal that the area enjoys to this day.”

He hopes that Rutland continues to develop commercially with “continued urban enhancement of the commercial core to serve the neighboring residential community“ and socially, offering “resources in the form of social housing and community futures for the disenfranchised and working poor.”

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Wine Sector Support Program

Are you in the wine industry and looking for financial support? The Wine Sector Support Program (WSSP) provides short-term financial support to licensed Canadian wineries as they adapt to ongoing and emerging challenges that impact financial resilience and competitiveness of the wine industry.

Applications will be accepted from April 17 to May 26, 2023.

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RUTLAND PROUD: To attract and expand development, business and prosperity with pride and purpose.

UPTOWN, DOWN TO EARTH: To grow and strengthen Rutland’s hard-working business community through authentic connections and strategic opportunities.

Karen Beaubier, Executive Director
250.451.9861    executivedirector@uptownrutland.com
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