Committee News in Brief - April 21, 2015
Priorities and Finance Committee News in Brief
April 21, 2015
Administration presented an amendment required to the Business Tax Bylaw as a result of a recent Court of Appeal decision. The amendment is necessary to preserve equity in the assessment of parking facilities and clarifies that operators of parking facilities are liable to pay the business tax in all applicable cases. The Committee agreed to move the recommendation for Council approval prior to 2015 May 1. If the amendment does not receive Council approval by this date and the change is not implemented, The City of Calgary could experience a reduction of approximately $7.5 million in tax revenue in 2015.
The Priorities and Finance Committee agreed to recommend that Council approve an increase of $18.78 million in capital budget for the 37th Street Storm Trunk Relocation project. This capital budget increase is required to enable Water Resources to proceed with the Storm Trunk Relocation project to facilitate timely construction of the ring road. The Province has committed to fund all costs related to the relocation of this storm infrastructure.
Administration presented a request for the transfer of $10.0 million in capital budget appropriation and gas tax funding to award the Composting Facility Design-Build-Operate contract to the preferred proponent selected through a competitive bid process. In review of the Waste & Recycling Services’ 10 year Infrastructure Investment Plan, it has been determined that the $10.0 million increase requested can be accommodated within the existing capital budget through reprioritization in Program 256 and 258, with minimal long-term impact. The Committee will recommend Council approve the requested capital budget adjustments to facilitate the award of the contract, so that work on the project can commence to meet the 2017 program start target.
The Committee received a revised Capital and Operating Budget Revisions Report for 2014 July 01 To December 31. The revisions identified in the report are required to reflect changes to Capital and Operating budgets that have arisen since the budgets were approved and relate to actual experience, Council directions, and Administrative changes. The Committee agreed to move the report with a clerical correction.
The Committee received the quarterly report and update on the activities of the Flood Recovery Task Force for information. The Recovery Operations Centre continues to provide leadership and resources to remaining flood recovery activities, while in the process of transitioning the remaining long-term recovery work to facilitate the closure of ROC in 2015 June. The final details of the transition plan will be included within the next quarterly update report.
The Priorities and Finance Committee approved the recommendation to forward an application for $98,500 in Council Innovation Funding for The Heart of the New East Incubation Project on to Council.
The Priorities and Finance Committee approved the recommendation to forward an application for $175,000 in Council Innovation Funding for two Medical Response Units (MRUs) on to Council.
The Priorities and Finance Committee received the Status of Outstanding Motions and Directions Report for information.
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