Decisions in Brief, SPC on Finance
From the January 8, 2018 Meeting
6.1 An Overview of Municipal Development Corporations
The Committee will forward the report to City Council for information and will advise City Council that the Administration has been requested to report further on:
- options for improving the transparency and governance of the existing operations of Saskatoon Land and that consideration be given for SREDA to work with the Administration on the analysis of options and engagement of the local development community in exploring the issues; and
- the next steps for creating a Municipal Development Corporation with a focus on city building objectives, starting with the Downtown area, to include options for addressing the 5 issues outlined on page 4 and 5 of the report of the December 4, 2017 report of the City Manager and any preliminary estimates of costs of the business model options.
At its August 14, 2017 meeting, the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Finance considered a report from the City of Saskatoon’s Internal Auditor, entitled “Saskatoon Land Internal Audit Report”. The audit report provided several recommendations aimed at improving various procedures or functions at Saskatoon Land. One suggestion was to explore the possibility of establishing a Municipal Development Corporation for Saskatoon Land.
At its meeting on August 28, 2017, City Council adopted the following recommendations, in part, of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance:
“1. That the Administration further explore what opportunities and options could exist for the City of Saskatoon to create a Municipal Land Development Corporation including the possibility of including infill development; and
2. That a report be provided to the Standing Policy Committee on Finance no later than December 31, 2017 on any appropriate recommendations for a potential new governance model for land development by the City of Saskatoon.”
8.2.2 2018 Property Tax Notice
The Committee will forward the report to City Council as information – The report provides information regarding the format for separate Property Tax (municipal and library) and Education Property Tax Notices, as requested by City Council.
At its meeting on April 24, 2017 when considering a report of the CFO/General Manager, Asset and Financial Management Department, regarding the 2017 tax levy and BID levies, City Council resolved, in part:
“2. That Administration be directed to provide two separate tax notices to property owners for 2018.”
8.2.5 Revision of the City of Saskatoon’s Procurement Policy
The Committee is recommending to City Council that the draft Purchasing Policy be adopted in principle and be brought back for approval following consultation with relevant stakeholders. The Committee has also asked the Administration to consult with local stakeholders to identify areas where the City could use leading procurement processes to bolster social and environmental impact, and Aboriginal Inclusion, and report back on the results of that consultation.
At its meeting held on May 2, 2016, the Standing Policy Committee on Finance considered the recommendations of The Procurement Office with respect to improving the City’s procurement framework. At its meeting held on December 18, 2017 Council resolved:
“That the Administration report back on the possibility of including waste diversion, among other sustainability best practices, for consideration in civic procurement processes, including assessing the waste management plans of individual bids.”