Capital Infrastructure Management Framework
At yesterday’s Council, Council passed a new policy - Capital Infrastructure Management Framework. The report outlines a draft policy approach to governing the management of capital projects. This approach relies on the implementation of the Project Development and Delivery Model to provide better information to make investment decisions and to provide improved information on project schedule and budget.
As a reminder, below is a list of improvements the City previously put into place that provide guidance and ongoing training to city staff leading infrastructure projects:
- Corporate Centre for Project Management
- Corporate Project Management Reference Guide
- Project Management Business Process Stewardship Committee
- Standard Corporate Reporting Practices
With these improvements, in 2016, Council also approved the Enterprise Risk Management Framework. This framework will allow us to understand a range of organizational risks associated with policy changes, such as with the case of the Metro Line.
And as the city continues to advance an ambitious city building and capital planning agenda, coupled with some high-profile project management challenges. As a City, we need to strive to improve our performance and delivery of projects, while being even more accountable and transparent with our citizens and taxpayers.
Similar in composition to our LRT Governance Board utilized to oversee the procurement process of the Valley Line LRT and similar in duty to that of our Utility Advisor - In June, I proposed the following motion:
That Administration develop the terms of reference and proposed governance structure for a Major Capital Project Oversight Technical Committee that will serve as additional expertise and oversight related to project procurement, design engineering, project management, construction, and global intelligence gathering.
2017 Finalized Property Tax Increase:
Yesterday, Council finalized the Property Tax Rate for 2017. Combined with the provincial education tax requisition, the total overall blended residential tax increase is 2.7 percent and the total overall non-residential blended tax increase is 2.9 percent. In Edmonton, the City collects both portions and sends the education tax to the province to cover the portion of the total provincial education budget. The typical residential homeowner will realize a 3.4 percent increase in municipal taxes. A bill for the typical single-family house is $281, which is an increase of $9 a month from 2016.
Additionally, here is the 2016 Consolidated Financial Statements