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Decisions in Brief Governance and Priorities Committee

For immediate release: September 22, 2017 - 2:04pm

From the September 18, 2017 Meeting 2018 Business Plan & Budget Update


*The Committee accepted a recommendation that the information be received.


*At its August 21, 2017 meeting, the Governance and Priorities Committee considered the 2018 Business Plan and Budget Update report which outlined a current projected property tax increase for 2018 of 5.59%. It also stated that the Administration was working on several strategies to develop ideas and help mitigate this property tax impact. Further to this, a letter from the North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) dated August 15, 2017 was referred to Administration for further analysis and dialogue with the NSBA, following up with implementation where applicable.

7.2.1 Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Saskatchewan


*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

1.        That the City of Saskatoon enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Saskatchewan with the terms and intent as outlined in the report of the City Manager dated September 18, 2017; and

2.        That the City Solicitor be instructed to draft a Memorandum of Understanding based on the contents of the report, and to do so in collaboration with the appropriate persons at the University of Saskatchewan.


*At a recent meeting of the President and Vice President of Finance and Resources of the U of S with the Mayor and City Manager, the idea of establishing an MOU was discussed as a way to be more intentional and strategic about collaborations. Following this, teams from the U of S and the City have been meeting to discuss this initiative in more detail and to work on such an MOU. Both the U of S and the City conducted environmental scans to identify and understand some of the current collaborations that exist, whether it be student internships, research projects, land management, transit agreements, or environmental initiatives. This allowed the two parties to see that strong collaborations already exist, and it also allowed for an understanding of where increased collaboration could occur and would be beneficial. The two organizations came up with: proposed guiding principles of an MOU; terms of reference for a joint working group on the MOU (under development); and plans for involving students in the joint projects when relevant.