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Priorities and Finance Committee Sept. 22, 2015

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The Sept. 22, 2015, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

  1. 2015 Mid-Year Accountability Report;
  2. Capital and Operating Budget Revisions Report for the Period 2015 January 01 to June 30;
  3. Proposed Ward Community Event Fund Amendments; and
  4. Calgary Fire Department Zero-Based Review and Administration’s Response.

2015 Mid-Year Accountability Report

The Committee recommended that Council receive the 2015 Mid-Year Accountability Report and Realignment of Functions (Attachment 2) for information. It also recommended that Council direct Administration to transfer the operating portion of the Budget Savings Account balance to Corporate Programs, if needed, to offset any unfavourable variance in the Franchise Fees budget. This item will be added to the 2015 September 28 Council Meeting as an item of urgent business.

Capital and Operating Budget Revisions Report for the Period 2015 January 01 to June 30

The Committee recommended that Council: approve a net $18.1 million increase to the currently approved 2015-2018 Capital Budget; and receive for information the Summary of Capital and Operating Budget Revisions, the Capital Budget Revisions Previously Approved by Council or Administration, and Council Decisions/Referrals Having Actual or Potential Future Year Budget Impacts. The report will be forwarded to the 2015 September 28 Regular Council Meeting as an item of urgent business.

Proposed Ward Community Event Fund Amendments

The Committee recommended that Council adopt the proposed Ward Community Event Fund Guidelines to be effective with the commencement of the next Ward Community Event Fund application year cycle – 2015 November 21. The Ward Community Event Fund Guidelines were recently reviewed by the Coordinating Committee of the Councillors Office (CCCO) and recommendations for amendments of an editorial nature have been made to improve the flow and clarity of the document to make the Guidelines more readable and understandable. None of the proposed amendments alter the purpose or key components of the program.

Calgary Fire Department Zero-Based Review and Administration’s Response

The Committee recommended that the report be referred to the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Community and Protective Services for public input by November 2015. After that time the report would go on to Council for approval of the recommendations.


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