City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 13 Meeting?

It’s the first decision night of the 2020 Budget as council marks the final vote on the Capital Budget, and the 10-year Capital Forecast, along with the budgets for Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Court, Building, and Parking Services.

There will be no delegations heard at this meeting.

Council Memo: Capital Budget Strategy for 110 Dunlop Drive – Since the project was passed after the initial Capital Budget, this memo to council outlines what money is going to be spent on this project in 2020, and what it’s going to be spent on. Next year, the development of the Operations Campus will require a little over $11.2 million, which accounts for $5.5 million for the site development, and $5.73 million for the Transit Operations Facility.

Most of the $5.5 million for site development is going to demolition of the old SUBBOR (Super Blue Box Recycling Corp.) building on the property, which the City has deemed as unsafe. In all $4.9 million is going to that demolition, with the remaining funds going to various studies such as the Environmental Assessment, the Stormwater Management Study, and Environmental Impact Study.

The other half of the budget will cover Road Access Design, Transit Facility Design, the business case for the site and Transit, and Road Access Construction. The City has applied to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure: Public Transit Stream grant program to help cover the cost of these projects.

The full project is expected to cost $197 million.

2020-2029 Capital Budget and Forecast – Recommendations:

1. That the following recommendations from Report CS-2019-79 titled 2020–2029 Capital Budget and Forecast dated October 23, 2019 be referred to November 13, 2019:

a. The 2020 Capital Budget in the gross expenditure amount of $151,590,100 and the required capital reserve fund transfers to capital projects as identified in Attachment-3 be approved;

b. The 2021-2029 Capital Forecast in the gross amount of $1,732,967,110 be received;

c. That the 2021 operating impacts from the 2020 Capital Budget totaling $1,461,710 for the both the tax and non-tax supported budgets be approved and included in the development of the 2021 base operating budgets;

d. That the forecasted operating impacts from the 2021 and 2022 capital forecast totaling $15,284,175 and $6,397,000 respectively, be received;

e. The Capital Transfer Allocation Policy as approved in report CS-2017-68 Capital Transfer Allocation Policy dated September 5, 2017 be repealed;

f. That the tax supported City Building Funding Strategy be approved, totaling an annual increase of $5,325,000 or 2.19 per cent levy impact, to be phased-in equally over a three-year period, starting with $1,775,000 in 2020 and that this increase be included in the base operating budget representing a 0.73 per cent levy increase, with future year impacts being reduced if the City is successful in securing grant or other revenues for this purpose;

g. That the tax supported Growth Funding Strategy be approved, totaling an annual increase of $1,250,000 or 0.50 per cent levy impact, to be phased- in equally over a five-year period, starting with $250,000 in 2020 and that this increase be included in the base operating budget representing a 0.10 per cent levy increase;

h. That a new reserve, 100RE Reserve (355), be created and Appendix A of the City’s General Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy be amended accordingly.

2. That the following recommendations from Report CS-2019-79 titled 2020–2029 Capital Budget and Forecast dated October 23, 2019 be referred to November 13, 2019:

a. The Parking Services operating budget transfer to Parking Capital Reserve Fund (151) of $2,000,000 be approved;

b. The Stormwater Services operating budget transfer to Stormwater Capital Reserve Fund (165) of $5,546,060 be approved;

c. The Wastewater Services operating budget transfer to Wastewater Capital Reserve Fund (153) of $14,750,000 be approved;

d. The Water Services operating budget transfer to Water Capital Reserve Fund (152) of $15,150,000 be approved;

e. The Ontario Building Code operating budget transfer to Building Services OBC Stabilization Reserve Fund (188) of $53,360 be approved; and

f. The Court Services operating budget transfer to Courts Capital Reserve Fund (211) of $475,720 be approved.

3. That the following recommendations from Report CS-2019-79 titled 2020–2029
Capital Budget and Forecast dated October 23, 2019 be referred to December 3, 2019:

The net tax supported operating budget transfer to the tax supported capital reserve funds of $38,104,345 be approved.

2020 Non-tax Supported Operating Budget – Recommendations:

1. That the following recommendations from report CS-2019-80 titled 2020 Non- tax Supported Operating Budget dated October 30, 2019 be referred for approval to November 13, 2019:

i. Stormwater Services:

a. That the 2020 Stormwater Services operating budget in the gross amount of $7,903,600 inclusive of reserve and reserve fund transfers be approved.

b. That a stormwater base charge of $5.80 per month per equivalent residential unit (ERU) effective January 1, 2020 be approved.

c. That the 2020 Stormwater Fees and Services By-law be approved.

ii. Water and Wastewater Services:

a. That the 2020 Water and Wastewater Services operating budgets in the gross amounts of $32,445,849 and $33,949,117 respectively, inclusive of reserve and reserve fund transfers be approved.

b. That a wastewater volume charge of $1.92 per cubic meter, effective January 1, 2020 be approved.

c. That a water volume charge of $1.77 per cubic meter, effective January 1, 2020 be approved.

d. That the 2020 water and wastewater basic service charges be approved at the 2019 rate.

e. That the 2020 Water Services and Wastewater Services Fees and Services By-law be approved.

iii. Parking Services:

a. That the 2020 Parking Services operating budget in the gross amount of $6,337,502 inclusive of reserve and reserve fund transfers be approved.

b. That the 2020 monthly off-street parking permit fees for the Arthur Street and Norwich Street lot be increased by 30.20 per cent and 42.60 per cent respectively to $100.00 per month and that all remaining parking fees be approved at the 2019 rate.

c. That a Parking Services Operating Contingency Reserve (106) be created and that Appendix A to the General Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy be amended to reflect the policy language as identified in report CS-2019-80.

d. That the 2020 Parking Services By-law be approved.

iv. Building Services:

a. That 2020 Ontario Building Code Administration operating budget in the gross amount of $3,591,200 inclusive of reserve and reserve fund transfers be approved.

b. That the 2020 Ontario Building Code Administration fees be approved with an increase of 2.20 per cent.

c. That the 2020 Ontario Building Code Administration fees by-law be approved.
That the 2020 Court Services operating budget in the gross amount of $4,202,100 inclusive of reserve and reserve fund transfers be approved.

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