Capital budget initiatives

9 months ago

For this year’s survey, we’re asking residents to weigh in on the allocation of $3.5 million in capital funding across three initiatives.

Capital budget initiatives:

Love My Hood

In 2017, following one of the most extensive community engagement processes in the City’s history, Council approved Love My Hood as the City’s guiding document for planning, building and supporting great neighbourhoods.

There were 161 applications submitted for resident-led neighbourhood projects between 2017 – 2019 totally 1.2 million, more than triple the grant funding actually awarded. Of those, 37 projects were deemed eligible but were denied due to a lack of funding. The funding proposals would increase the number of applications that could be approved through the Love My Hood program.

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Option A – $150,000 per year for 10 years - $1,500,000
Option B – $175,000 per year for 10 years - $1,750,000
Option C – $200,000 per year for 10 years - $2,000,000

Corporate Climate Action Plan

In 2017, Council approved an 8% absolute Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target to be achieved by 2026. The implementation plan (CorCAP), approved in 2019, contains a set of actions in the areas of City facilities, fleet, outdoor lighting and waste to meet the target. Using 2016 as a baseline, the City’s corporate GHG target is ambitious yet achievable with strategic investments in facilities, fleet and outdoor lighting. The recent declaration by Council of a climate emergency has further emphasized the commitment to implementing the City’s climate action goals.

Staff have identified a number of projects that could be implemented in 2020. Depending on Councils desired level of investment, all or some of the below projects would move forward and achieve carbon reductions and associated operating savings.

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Option A - Fund three initiatives for a reduction of 149 tonnes of CO2 annually - $207,000
Option B - Fund five initiatives for a reduction of 218 tonnes of CO2 annually - $472,000
Option C - Fund five initiatives for a reduction of 331 tonnes of CO2 annually - $957,000

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting is a process of engaging the community where residents are given control over a portion of the City’s budget. It differs from traditional public engagement/consultation in that residents identify multiple priority projects and then decide which of the projects are funded. The ultimate decision by residents as to where and how funding will be spent is determined through some form of a vote.

The following are three options City Council could consider as part of the capital budget if it wishes to continue the participatory budgeting program. Staff believe taking a measured approach related to participatory budgeting would be appropriate and have suggested two options that secure funding for an additional three years. This would allow the City to test the modified approach outlined above before making any permanent funding commitments. If Council wishes to make participatory budgeting a permanent program, the final option funding for all 10 years of the capital forecast.

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Option A - $300,000 per year for three years - $900,000
Option B - $400,000 per year for three years - $1,200,000
Option C - $300,000 per year for ten years - $3,000,000


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