SPC on Priorities & Finance Committee - December 5, 2017
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Approve an additional allocation of $90 million for the long-term funding value of the Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) for a total of $100 million, and; 2) Direct Administration and CED to report to Priorities & Finance Committee with the EDIF Terms of Reference, including a strong governance structure, no later than 2018-Q1.
The recommendations were developed through best practice research on similar funds across North America and with the valuable insight and strategic advice from business leaders whom generously volunteered their time and expertise on the EDIF Steering Committee. Calgary’s economic recovery and prosperity remains a top priority for businesses and citizens. There is a need and urgency to increase the available funding for and to implement the EDIF.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Review Silvera for Seniors’ 2018 capital and operating budgets, for consistency with The City’s operating and budgeting principles; 2) Request Silvera to pursue efficiencies and budget reduction measures to match the funding provided by The City through Action Plan 2015-2018 and the transitional funding provided by the Province; 3) Direct Administration to request that Silvera report annually to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services as part of the Civic Partner Annual Report commencing in Q2 2018; 4) Direct Administration to request that Silvera’s business plan and budget for the 2019-2022 budget cycle be approved as part of the One Calgary budget and business process. This will include a review of the current lodge portfolio to confirm the transition of aging lodges to new properties and request the removal of lodges that are under contract with Alberta Health Services to provide health services; 5) Request Silvera for Seniors to submit their 2018 final budget plan once their Board has approved it and return to the Priorities and Finance Committee, and; 6) Direct that the Closed Meeting discussions remain confidential subject to Section 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive this report for information, and; 2) Direct Administration to continue the Stampede BMO Expansion Review Work Plan as outlined in Attachment 1 and report back on findings and next steps no later than Q1 2018.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council receive this report, on the investment of the funds provided for the Cornerstone arts organizations, for information. The $2 million in bridge funding that Council directed be invested in the Cornerstone arts organizations has been distributed to the ten arts organizations supported by the program.
The Priorities and Finance Committee received a verbal report from City Solicitor, Glenda Cole, for information. Through this report it was identified that The City's total employee head count has decreased by 420 between October 2016 and October 2017. As well, savings of $20 million have been achieved by backing out growth that was no longer required. At the same time, employee satisfaction survey results showed only a slight decrease in employee satisfaction after years of increases.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council approve the transfer of $12.2 million in project costs to be spent in 2017 and 2018 to the Corporate Cost Program 861 for the Municipal Complex Structural Upgrade. This funding ensures the long-term structural integrity of the Municipal Building along with required building codes compliance, safe re-occupancy of impacted areas and reactivation of the space within.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive the Plus 15 Program implementation plan in Attachment 1 and the Plus 15 Program Locations in Attachment 3 for information, and; 2) Approve the requested capital budget (Attachment 2) to be funded by corporate capacity identified by Infrastructure Calgary. The Plus 15 Program will provide design and rehabilitation work that will improve public safety, protect the longevity of the asset, decrease long-term costs and support short-term job growth.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive for information the Corporate Security Capital Request Implementation Plan in Attachment 1; 2) Approve the capital budget (per Attachment 2), to be funded by corporate capacity identified by Infrastructure Calgary, and; 3) Direct that Attachment 2 and 3 remain confidential pursuant to section 23(1) and 24(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The Corporate Security Capital Program contributes to the safety of the public, employees, members of Council, and City information, sites and assets, while mitigating risk to the Corporation.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council cancel 2015 and 2016 property and business taxes that meet Administration’s circumstances criteria for the amounts listed in the Attachment 1; 2) Council cancel 2017 municipal property taxes for the qualifying non-profit organizations for the amounts listed in Attachment 2, and; 3) Report PFC2017-1083 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Meeting of Council for approval.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council give three readings to the proposed 2018 Business Tax Bylaw, and; 2) that Report PFC2017-1082 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Regular Meeting of Council for approval. This is the final Business Tax Bylaw which will be presented to Council for approval, due to the elimination of the business tax in the 2019 tax year through the Business Tax Consolidation process. Business Tax Consolidation will be reflected through a decline in the business tax rate. This year, the business tax rate will be 80 per cent lower than it would have otherwise been. The revenue lost from the business tax is made up through a higher non-residential property tax rate.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council give three readings to the proposed Appointment of Municipal Assessor bylaw, and; 2) Report PFC2017-1127 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Regular Meeting of Council for approval, required to update Bylaw 49M2007. Status Update on Project Management Practices and Capital Budget Process The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council receive this status update for information, and; 2) direct that Administration bring further updates on the capital budget process through the One Calgary program. As the City-wide approach is maturing and being integrated with One Calgary, an update to the Capital Infrastructure Investment Strategy will be developed and returned to Council in 2018.
The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Approve the changes to reserves recommended by the 2017 Triennial Reserves Review as outlined in Attachment 11.1 and Attachment 11.2; 2) Approve the list of reserves to be reviewed in 2018 as outlined in Attachment 11.3; 3) Approve the amendment of the Community Sustainability & Public Art Reserve as outlined in Attachment 11.4, and; 4) Receive for information the 2016 Report on Reserves and Long Term Liabilities, contained in Attachment 11.5.