CHBA Central Okanagan Statement on City of Kelowna Parks DCC
February 13, 2020, Kelowna, BC – Kelowna City Council’s latest vote to increase taxes on new homes for parks brings the total to over $14,000. New changes to Kelowna’s Development Cost Charge (DCC) structure now total over $14 grand in new Park taxes on every new home whether it is a starter home or a multi-million dollar home.
“Voters need to know that this City Council doesn’t seem to care at all about housing affordability, and actions speak louder than words. They’ve just increased the tax on every new home to over $14,000,” says Cassidy deVeer, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO). “Kelowna home builders are consistently asked to come up with ways to make housing more affordable, yet again and again, our municipal government piles on the taxes and increases the costs of homes.”