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Priorities and Finance Committee May 1, 2018

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The May 1, 2018, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

2017 Year-End Capital and Operating Revisions Report, PFC2018-0541

Administration presented the 2017 Year-End Capital and Operation Revisions. The report informed Council of Administration’s approved net operating budget revisions for the period of July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017. The report also included capital budget revisions for the period of July 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, that had been previously approved or require Council approval. The following was approved:

  1. Capital budget revisions, as identified in Attachment 1; and
  2. Receive for information: Attachment 2 - Capital Budget Revisions (previously approved); Attachment 3 - Capital Budget Revision Summary; Attachment 4 - 2017 Operating Net Budget Changes; and Attachment 5 - Council Decisions/Referrals Having Actual or Potential Future Year Operating Budget Impacts.

Affordable Housing Capital Development Program, PFC2018-0491

In 2016, Council approved Foundations for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identifies inadequate housing supply as the single most pressing challenge facing Calgary’s affordable housing sector. The Affordable Housing Capital Development Program creates a long-term pipeline of prioritized projects to increase the supply of affordable housing. Administration gave a presentation entitled "Affordable Housing Capital Development Program.”

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Receive for information the remaining allocation of funds within Program 489; Activity 403980 - Increase Affordable Housing as outlined in Attachment 1 - Page 8.
  2. Adopt in principle the lifecycle maintenance, new builds, and redevelopment programs as outlined in Table 2 Budget Summary of Capital Development Program on page 8 of this report (Details included in Attachments 1 and 2);
  3. Refer Attachment 2: Program Budget Overview to November 2018 One Calgary Service Plans and Budget for consideration through the unfunded capital development list;
  4. Direct Administration to continue to pursue federal and provincial funding opportunities for developments identified in Attachments 1 and 2; and
  5. Request that Attachment 2 remain confidential pursuant to sections 23 and 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act until such time as the budget for the Program has been approved and released by Council.

Council approved all recommendations.

Report on Sustainability Framework for Calgary’s Cornerstone Arts Organizations, PFC2018-0357

In 2017, Council granted $2 million in bridge funding to Calgary’s Cornerstone arts organizations with the proviso that they work with Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) to develop a sustainability framework for the future. Subsequently, the ten Cornerstones worked with CADA to develop a framework which helped to determine what would be required to sustain the cohort of key cultural assets now and into the future.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  • Accept CADA’s use of the Sustainability Framework as an assessment tool to determine the sustainability and impact of arts organizations in Calgary.
  • Direct Administration to take into account CADA’s recommendation for increased municipal funding to sustain arts organizations as part of the development of One Calgary.

Council approved all recommendations.

Proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw, PFC2018-0554

On March 19, 2018, Council directed the Integrity and Ethics Office to consolidate the Ethical Conduct Policy (CP2017-03; Effective Date 2017 July 24) and the Integrity Commissioner Complaints Policy (CP2016-08; effective date 2016 December 19) into a single document to be enacted as a bylaw. Council further directed the Integrity and Ethics Office to draft the bylaw to make its compliance with the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Regulation AR 200/2017 clear and accepted the recommendations of the Integrity and Ethics Office as to how to address gaps between current Policy and the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Regulation. The Ethics and Integrity Office presented a proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw in accordance with the direction of Council.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Adopt the proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (Attachment 1); and
  2. Rescind the Ethical Conduct Policy (CP2017-03) (Attachment 3) and the Integrity Commissioner Complaints Policy (CP2016-08) (Attachment 4) on the day that the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw comes into force.

Council approved all recommendations.

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