City of Merritt's aging infrastructure not being addressed in the 2017 budget.
Director of finance Sheila Thiessen confirms the city has only allocated $1.5-million in new money this year for water and sewer maintenance, despite facing an infrastructure deficit backlog of nearly $50-million.
She does say though; the city will be looking at making a bigger dent in the deficit starting in 2018.
"There's a number of ways to do it. Looking at other municipalities, some have set a specific tax rate, that goes into a fund. Some budget for specific projects every year, others identify what they need, and buildup to it gradually in a reserve."
A report from Urban Systems released last summer, showed the City of Merritt was facing an infrastructure deficit back log of $48-million, and a 20-year infrastructure deficit of nearly $142 million.
To ensure infrastructure is maintained the report stated the city should be allocating at least $6-million annually towards improvements.