Every year, city hall breaks down proposed budget expenditures into two categories: core budget items (which are considered as core to the current operations of the city and are usually considered in one large block) and supplementary budget items (new proposed expenditures which sometimes add services to the city budget and which are considered by council one by one).
The core budget right now adds about 1.87% of taxes to an average city home. Council, in my experience, never approves all the supplementary budget items but, if we did, I think we would be looking at something like a 5% tax increase. My comfort level right now would be 2% or under. But, I'm open to moving either direction in my thinking.
There are many incredibly worthy items on the supplementary budget. It's going to be a tough process to decide what to approve / not approve. Council can also look to decrease spending on some of the core budget items or dip into the general reserve fund. There also some numbers that are yet to totally solidify, such as the operating surplus for the city in 2013.
I've uploaded the report with all the supplemental budget items for 2014. Please feel free to download and read - 2014_kamloops_supplemental_budget_items (14.4 megabyte PDF file).