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Governance and Priorities Committee Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: August 29, 2017 - 12:10pm
MR17-184

August 21, 2017 Meeting

7.1.2.1            2017 Civic Services Survey Results

Decision

*The Committee carried unanimously a recommendation that the information be received.

Background

*The City has conducted the Civic Services Survey annually since the early 1990s. The last survey was completed in May 2016. In March 2016, the City issued a tender for work on the City of Saskatoon Annual Civic Services Survey. Insightrix Inc. (Insightrix) was awarded the contract for 2016 with the option to extend for a second year, which was exercised to conduct the 2017 survey.

7.1.2.2            2017 Citizen Budget Results

Decision

*The Committee carried unanimously a recommendation that the information be received.

Background

*City Council and the Administration consider several factors when building the City’s annual budget including: the population, inflation, capital investments, City Council priorities, performance measures, and public input. Administration has been conducting an annual Online Citizen Budget Survey since 2015 to obtain public feedback on spending priorities. The last Citizen Budget was conducted in 2016. 2017 Online Citizen Budget Results here.

7.2.1             2018 Business Plan and Budget Update (File No. CK. 1704-1)

Decision

*The Committee carried unanimously a recommendation that direction be provided regarding implementation or future reporting on 30 Day Challenge Ideas; and that a letter from the Executive Director of NSBA be received as information.

Background

*At its June 19, 2017 meeting, the Governance and Priorities Committee received the 2018 Budget Update report from the CFO/General Manager, Asset and Financial Management Department. The report outlined that the current projected property tax increase for 2018 was 6.48%, and that the Administration was working on several strategies to develop ideas and help mitigate this property tax impact.