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Decisions in Brief, SPC on Finance

For immediate release: December 29, 2017 - 4:06pm
MR17-237

From the December 4, 2017 Meeting

7.2.4 Municipal Asset Management Program Grant

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

  1. That the Administration apply for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program for the Culvert Assessment and Drainage Study project; and
  2. That if approved for the grant funding, the City of Saskatoon
    1. commit to conducting the activities proposed in the application to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and
    2. increase Capital Project No. 1619 TU – Storm Sewer Trunk and Collection for the amount of approved grant funding and commit the City of Saskatoon’s share of this initiative from the already existing 2018 Budget in Capital Project No. 1619.

Background

*The MAMP is a 5-year, $50 million program funded by Infrastructure Canada. Subject to funding availability, applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until June 2020.

7.2.5 Property Tax: Recognition of Unique Property Impacts

Decision

*The Committee will forward the information to City Council, and recommended that the Administration report back on options to address communications about coefficients in assessment to provide better understanding of the process.

Background

*At its June 26, 2017 meeting, City Council adopted the following recommendation contained in the report of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance: “That the Administration report back on how to address issues of gross inconsistencies of properties that are not addressed through the assessment process including, but not limited to, the approach used in other Canadian cities.”

7.2.6 Transfer of Unpaid Utilities to Property Tax

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

  1. That the Landlord-Tenant Agreement be amended as outlined in the report of the CFO/General Manager, Asset and Financial Management dated December 4, 2017;
  2. That the City Solicitor be instructed to amend the Landlord-Tenant Agreement; and
  3. That the City Solicitor be instructed to amend the Rules and Regulations sections as required in Bylaw No. 7567, The Waterworks Bylaw, 1996 and Bylaw No. 2685, otherwise known as The Electric Light and Power Bylaw.

Background

*At its meeting on April 24, 2017, when considering a report from the CFO/General Manager, Asset and Financial Management Department, regarding the transfer of unpaid utilities to property tax, City Council resolved that the Administration bring back modified procedures regarding the transfer of tenant utility accounts to the tax accounts of landlords, such that City procedure is more reflective of those in place with other utilities such as SaskEnergy.